Written and illustrated by Mrs. Reha’s students at East Elementary School, the story begins with “Once upon a time, there were very healthy animals in a nice clean river.” As the story unfolds, some of the fish get sick from trash and pollutants in the river, so they swim to the surface and pretend to be dead, in the hopes that someone will notice and take corrective action. “A Water Works person was testing water from the river when he saw the fish floating. He wondered how the fish died.” The problem was investigated and the story concludes after the pollution and trash has been removed, and the animals once again happily enjoy the clean river, their home.
Bobbi Young, a Customer Service employee and member of DMWW’s Education and Green Teams, attended the first graders’ book dedication ceremony on May 20, 2011, and accepted a copy of the book, which was autographed by the students.
For many years DMWW has focused on educating children, its future consumers. Eleven years ago the water utility joined with Metro Waste Authority, City of Des Moines Storm Water Utility, and Wastewater Reclamation Authority to form the Urban Environmental Partnership. The partnership is committed to educating the public and employees about water treatment, watershedprotection, and pollution prevention in the urban environment. Sixteen environmental education programs are offered for pre-K through 8th grade students.
For more information about water education, check our website, www.dmww.com, and click on “Water Education” or contact our Education Specialist at (515) 283-8753 or firstname.lastname@example.org.