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05/01/2006 Contact: 850-413-6482

Florida Public Service Commission Sponsors Water Conservation Programs for Schools During National Drinking Water Week

TALLAHASSEE — To recognize the vital role water plays in our daily lives, the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC), the City of Tallahassee, and Leon County Schools have teamed up to promote National Drinking Water Week, May 7-13, by sponsoring school assembly programs that celebrate the wonder of water.

The Tallahassee Young Actors Theatre drama team will perform an original play, Water Wiser, for students at three area schools on May 2nd and 3rd.  The play follows two drops of water as they inform a boy how he can make a difference by conserving.

Special guests will attend each of the school assemblies, offering water conservation tips. On May 2, Leon County School Board member Maggie Lewis will be at Apalachee Elementary, while Jim Oskowis, General Manager of the City of Tallahassee Water Department will be at Buck Lake Elementary.  On May 3, PSC Commissioner Katrina J. Tew and School Board member Joy Bowen will present water conservation tips and talk with the students at Griffin Middle School.

“Sometimes we don’t really think about the importance of our drinking water,” said PSC Commissioner Katrina Tew.  “Through our collaborative effort with the City and Leon County Schools, we’re encouraging students to think about where our drinking water comes from, to understand why conservation is important for our future water supply, and to develop conservation habits early.”

Drinking Water Week school program times and dates are:

Tuesday, May 2

Apalachee Elementary, 650 Trojan Trail - 8:00, 8:45, and 9:30 a.m.

Buck Lake Elementary, 1600 Pedrick Road - 12:20, 1:15, and 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 3

Griffin Middle, 800 Alabama Street - 9:00 and 9:45 a.m.

For more information, contact Bev DeMello or Thelma Crump at 850-413-6480, or visit the American Water Works Association Web site at