Elementary-age students experience jobs in the water world at school’s Career Day
Local students had the chance to discuss water samples, check for chlorine residual, take groundwater level measurements, and see safety equipment and tools with Beaumont-Cherry Valley Water District (BCVWD) staff at Anna M. Hause Elementary School’s Career Day last month.
In addition to classroom presentations, more than 200 students rotated from station to station with their classes to learn about a variety of careers. The BCVWD station was a huge success with students, who engaged with James Bean, Assistant Director of Operations, and Dustin Smith, Production Operator, in demonstrations and hands-on activities. The students learned about drinking water sources, water treatment, conservation and challenges for sustainability.
“Career Day gives students the opportunity to engage in potential careers and ask questions about what it is really like to pursue a water industry career path,” said Bean. “The event was a great way to expose young students to a wide variety of career options all at one time.”
BCVWD also discussed educational subjects that are important for water jobs, including science, math, and language arts.
BCVWD set up a booth with giveaways and samples, including:
- Tools – pipe wrenches, meter wrench, turn off key, electrical volt meter, water quality meter (for testing PH, Total Dissolved Solids TDS, Electrical Conductivity, and Dissolved Oxygen), and “sounders” for gaining water levels out of production wells.
- Sample bottles – with various preservatives and bottle types
- Parts – full circle repair band (for repairing leaks), 1” meter
- Products – bucket of chlorine tablets
- Safety equipment – air monitor, full face air purifying mask with chlorine cartridges, Arc Flash suit for electrical testing, hard hats, traffic vests and various types of gloves
- Photos – fire hydrants (hit by vehicles), main and service line leaks, main line leak repair, wells, pumping units, heavy equipment (tractors), and electric motors
- Giveaways – 100 anniversary tote bags, rulers, gold fish crackers, and cone magnets
“Events like Career Day are an excellent way to get students thinking about possible careers in the water industry, as well as ways they can help save water and have a positive impact on conservation efforts,” said BCVWD Board Director Lona Williams.
Other Career Day attendees included the fire department, police officers (local, Sherriff, CHP, K-9 Unit), Southern California Edison, The Gas Company, and military personnel, as well as many other presenters.