Ready for a landscape makeover? Dallas Water Conservation is collaborating with Texas AgriLife Extension to offer classes to create a water efficient landscape that can also be pollinator friendly and provide food for you and your family.
The annual Waterwise Landscape and Community Garden Tour is open to all landscapes of Dallas Water utilities customers. This 25th anniversary tour is hosted by Dallas Water Utilities and Dallas Environmental Quality and Sustainability on October 26, 2019 from 9am – 3pm.
The tour will feature water-wise and drought landscapes (back yard landscapes may be included at the discretion of the homeowner).
WHEN: October 26, 2019 from 9:00 am-3:00 pm
WHERE: 2810 White Rock Rd, Dallas, TX 75214, USA
Science Day is back! Teachers, parents, and students are invited to enjoy a fun and innovative way to connect with Zoo and Aquarium educators and community partners while discovering the world of science! Participate in all-new, hands-on activity stations for preK through grade 12 students.
Educators will earn four (4) hours of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) and Texas Environmental Education Advisory Committee (TEEAC) credit. To receive credit, you must attend the event for four (4) hours and participate in all booth activities targeted at the grade level you teach. Partial credit will not be given.
Four hour participation requirement will be verified before certificate and curriculum will be available for download.
WHEN: September 21, 2019
WHERE: Dallas Zoo located @ 650 S R L Thornton Fwy, Dallas, TX 75203
The Team Waterworks Summer Experience is definitely a highlight of my summer. I saw the whole urban water cycle and learned how water went from the lakes and streams to our taps at home, and was amazed at how the dirty and hazardous sewage was transformed into clear, clean water that was actually cleaner than the Trinity River (which it flowed into). One of my favorite parts of the whole summer experience was going to Grapevine Lake where Ranger Chad Eller talked to the team about just what his job was and how fun it could be. The best part however happened right afterward, getting to take a dip in the lake. It was so hot that day especially that the water in the lake looked almost delicious and getting to swim in the lake was like heaven. That experience made me realize just how necessary water conservation is, since the Texas lakes and rivers are low already and it would be devastating to lose such great sources of beauty and recreation.
The Denton Recycling Center was really cool too. I and the rest of Team Waterworks toured the facility and learned how plastic and other items are recycled and converted to other types of material for different uses. The facility was really interesting in that I actually got to see giant bales of cardboard, plastics and aluminum cans that had been condensed into cubes to be sent to the next step in the process. Visiting the facility along with the landfill that was very close to the property really reinforced just how important recycling truly is in regards to waste management.
In total the summer experience was a ton of fun and very informative about environmental conservation and types of jobs that concern it regarding water. I really look forward to staying in touch with the Dallas EEI in hopes of learning more about water, and more importantly, more fun.
Team Waterworks was a fun learning experience that opened up my eyes to the reality of water. Given that I have graduated from High School, the water cycle had been touched multiple times. Our teachers had asked us to recycle and care for the environment. However the one week being in Team Waterworks gave me a whole different perspective of the water cycle. Many North Texans think that water is and will magically pop out of ones faucet when needed. Obviously we are at the mercy of climate and our lakes water levels.
I learned that it take really teamwork between park rangers , managers, engineers , and scientist to keep thing flowing normally. Seeing water from the lake to the treatment plants, was amazing to see how water gets changed into safe drinking water. It was interesting to see how the drought has brought our limited water supplies even lower. Quite honestly I take awe out of what nature and humanity do when they interact. I think this experience helps me understand and respect the world a bit more than I did before. My understanding know transcends those of the illustration in the science books, for I have seen the issues with my eyes and listened with my ears. I am very grateful to have been part of the team.
During the week of June 16 – June 20, 2014, our team of 14 high school students and EEI Project Coordinators traveled around DFW to learn about water and how it is used, cleaned, and conserved in Dallas, Texas. Enjoy some of our pictures, below!
- 4 reservoirs – Ray Hubbard, Lake Tawakoni, Grapevine Lake, and Ray Roberts
- Southside Wastewater Treatment Plant
- McComas Bluff Landfill
- Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area
- Elm Fork Water Treatment Plant
- Pratt Recycling Center
For more pictures from our Summer Experience, please visit our Facebook page!
Are you a high school student and want to join Team WaterWorks? Fill out our form, here!
- Plastic Bags*
- Plastic Packaging
- Styrofoam (To-go boxes, Cups, Plates)
- Paper Towels, Facial or Toilet Tissue
- Water Hoses
- Metal Hangers (Ask Your Dry Cleaners If They Accept These)
- Shredded Paper
*Plastic bags can be recycled at your local grocery or retail store.
Placing unaccepted items into the recycling roll cart can:
- Create serious risks for the employees who collect and sort your recycling
- Contaminate an entire load of recyclables causing the material to be sent to the landfill
- Decrease the amount of revenue that goes back to the City of Dallas
- Cause expensive damage to the machines that process and sort the recyclables
To use your local community recycling container, click here.
Students from Stults Road Elementary in Richardson Independent School District sent us thoughtful and artistic letters telling us about their experience during our recycling lesson, where we learned about the different types of plastics and then played Recycle Bingo!
The 3rd grade students at La Academia de Estrellas were presented with this question: If each of us turned off the water when we brushed our teeth, how much water could we save? Their teacher, Mr. Sneller had them do some math problems to calculate the savings for themselves and their classroom, grade level, and school! Their work can be seen below: [Read more…]