Xylem Sponsors 2013 Bay State Children’s Water Festival
1,500 elementary school children in Massachusetts were able to learn about water and its importance in our world at the Bay State Children’s Water Festival on June 6 thanks to generous sponsorship by Xylem, Inc. The leading global water technology company was a platinum level sponsor at the festival, which was hosted by the Water Systems Council. The council is a non-profit that strives to educate stakeholders such as well owners, community leaders, elected officials, and government agencies about critical issues like groundwater conservation. Xylem is a member of this council.
The festival was hosted at Holyoke Community College and included a full day of hands-on educational sessions about water-related topics such as drinking water, groundwater, watersheds, surface water, water quality, and conservation. Students of the Holyoke area and surrounding school districts, including Chicopee, Westfield, Wilbraham, Hampden, and Webster were invited to attend. Due to the financial support of the Water Systems Council and sponsors like Xylem, the festival was offered at no cost to participating schools.
“Educating our future leaders about how integral water is to everything we do, is essential to preserving this precious resource,” says Chris Jamieson, vice president Americas, for Xylem’s Applied Water Systems unit and Water Systems Council board member. “This event enabled us to be involved in something that aligns with our mission, vision and values, while challenging our youth to innovate and be smart with water use.”
Children who participated in this event saw performances by Grammy Award winning environmental singer and songwriter Tom Chapin and a real well-drilling truck display. Activities at the festival included water-related trivia games (Water Wheel of Fortune), building ice cream aquifer models, investigating a groundwater simulator, and bubble-logy (students were enclosed in large bubbles to learn about the chemical properties of water).
Festival activities were led by water and natural resource experts from local, state, and national organizations such as Xylem. Xylem’s Applied Water Systems business had 24 volunteers at the 2013 event, representing the company’s Auburn, NY and Beverly, MA locations.