WaterStar: New Mexico’s Doña Ana Mutual Domestic Water Consumers Association

WaterstarThis is the latest in a series of posts highlighting people and organizations around the world that embody the ideals of the Clean and Conserve Education Program: making the world a safer and healthier place through water conservation and hygiene education. WaterStars will receive printed copies of each book as well as enamel WaterStar pins to recognize their work. Any individual or organization that has used Clean and Conserve materials is eligible for consideration to be a WaterStar award winner. Submit your story to learn more.

Dona Ana Mutual Domestic Water Consumers Association logoServing more than 15,000 people, the Doña Ana Mutual Domestic Water Consumers Association (Doña Ana MDWCA) is a membership association that exists to provide water and wastewater services to five districts in the southern New Mexico town of Las Cruces. The Doña Ana MDWCA water system includes 12 wells and seven tanks with a 4.5 million-gallon capacity and a wastewater facility with a capacity of 200,000 gallons.

Part of the Doña Ana MDWCA mission includes public education, which led Stephanie Nelson, an accounting clerk for Doña Ana MDWCA, to download the free Clean and Conserve Education Program materials last fall. Since then, the association has shared them whenever they can, Stephanie said in a recent interview.

“The materials are handed out to visiting children in our office when their parents are completing new member information or discussing their accounts,” she explained. “The activity booklets especially resonate with the children who visit our office; however, the information is extremely beneficial for public education overall.”

In addition to reaching children and parents who visit the office, Doña Ana MDWCA also takes part in the Las Cruces Water Fair, a daylong water festival for all area third and fourth graders, hosted by the City of Las Cruces.

“About 1,400 students attend each year,” Stephanie noted. “The Fair has booths set up for various organizations, and we spend all day teaching children the importance of water conservation through public education and fun activities like those in the Clean and Conserve Activity Guide for Educators.”

Being able to offer education to consumers through materials like Clean and Conserve is critical to encouraging responsible water stewardship, she added.

“The information this provides to the public is invaluable to continue an open dialogue of water preservation,” Stephanie said. “We will continue to utilize all of the materials provided to further our pursuits of water conservation and public education, and we will also support the public schools on furthering the education of our community.”

Ecolab flier imageThe Clean and Conserve Education Program, developed through the partnership between the Project WET Foundation and Ecolab, includes lessons, activities and other learning resources for children and youth ages three through 18, as well as educators. Visit the Clean and Conserve page to learn more. Originally published in English, Clean and Conserve materials are also available in Chinese, Spanish for Mexico, German, French for Canada and Portuguese for Brazil (French and Portuguese materials are available for download from the English-language page).

Other WaterStars:

Joseph Dabuo of Ghana (June 23, 2016)

Ashley Satterfield of the USA (July 20, 2016)

Supriya Khound of India (October 25, 2016)

Jamice Obianyo of the USA (January 19, 2017)

EECO Foundation of Pakistan (February 1, 2017)

Beautiful Minds Ethiopia (March 13, 2017)

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