Water Services recognizes that educating young people is a great way to spread the message of sustainable water use, and raise awareness about the role we all play in protecting water quality. Water Services provides “Stormwater – From KC to the Sea,” a curriculum aligned with Missouri Educational Standards, to schools within its ratepayer area. Through interactive and fun lessons, students learn how precipitation moves through a watershed, how stormwater becomes polluted, and how best management practices implemented by the City and in their own backyards improve water quality and reduce the quantity of stormwater in our waterways.
Water Services provides the program to teachers free of charge, and its staff will teach the first day to the students in the classroom on request. As of the end of the 2014-2015 school year, the curriculum has been taught in over 40 public, private, charter and parochial schools, reaching over 7,200 students within their service area. Water Services believes that through educating the next generation on the value of water and the infrastructure that conveys it, it is truly supporting a sustainable Kansas City.
KC Water Services received a Stewardship Award for its “KC to the Sea” program at the 2015 Kansas City Industrial Council’s Sustainability Awards Breakfast.