Building on the 2012 California American Water Environmental Grant to
Monterey County Business Council's Rainwater Catchment and Greywater
Recycling Outreach Program, California American Water recently donated
rain barrels to MEarth, Pacific Grove Middle School, Walter Colton
Middle School, Pacific Grove Adult School, Ord Terrace Elementary School
and King Elementary School. The rain barrels were installed throughout
April and May, and save a minimum of 8,500 gallons of water during an
annual rainfall year on the Monterey Peninsula. California American
Water also sponsored the building of garden beds at the Pacific Grove
Lighthouse Preschool, replete with a supply of native, edible plant
seeds and soil.
By harvesting rainwater using rain barrels, these educational centers
and community gardens will be able to cut their water usage and save
money on their water bills while still maintaining beautiful,
water-friendly grounds and gardens. California American Water contacted
local community gardens and schools in the Monterey Peninsula, Pacific
Grove and Carmel Unified School Districts. Each institution had specific
water needs based on the garden's location and adjacent structures for
water catchment. Local rainwater catchment specialist Roger Manley with
Garden Solutions Landscaping helped to assess these needs and determine
the type of water barrel donation necessary for each location.
"By donating rain barrels, California American Water hopes to reduce the
schools' and community gardens' water usage while still maintaining
beautiful gardens for students and community members to enjoy," said
California American Water general manager Eric Sabolsice. "At these
educational centers, saving water and caring for our environment is a
lesson that can be learned early in life."
MEarth, an environmental education nonprofit center in Carmel, receive
a 1,500-gallon barrel to complete the site's original project scope for
a total of four 1,500-gallon barrels to source water for the building's
living roof. California American Water donated 1,100-gallon rain barrels
to Ord Terrace and King elementary schools in Seaside and Walter Colton
Middle School in Monterey for use with the middle school's raised garden
beds recently constructed by local Eagle Scouts. Pacific Grove Middle
School's existing, flourishing garden for native pollinators and
adjacent edibles garden received two 550-gallon rain barrels. Each of
these schools will use the rain barrels as educational tools in their
gardens. Students will learn how they can use the existing resource of
rain to grow food and other plants, while saving water. Each rain barrel
has a water level indicator and spigot that allows the students to draw
water directly from the barrel.
"We are very grateful for this water catchment system as it will allow
us to capture rain water to use in our garden. The garden is
incorporated into our STEM program here on campus in studying
agriculture, weather patterns, and technology," said Greg Enterline,
Science Teacher at Walter Colton Middle School.
Pacific Grove Adult School, home to Pacific Grove's Community Garden,
houses 60 garden plots maintained by community members. With California
American Water's donation of a 2,600-gallon rain barrel, complete with a
submersible pump and filtration system, a full water catchment system
was installed. Rainwater can now be collected from the roof with the
option to pump the water to the various garden plots. California
American Water also provided garden beds, soil and native and edible
plant seeds to complete the garden at Lighthouse Preschool, a parent
cooperative preschool under the umbrella of Pacific Grove Adult School.
"Pacific Grove Adult School is striving to do all things possible to
conserve water during the drought," said Pacific Grove Adult School
principal Barbara Martinez. "Thanks to Cal-Am, these rain barrels will
reduce our water usage, helping us maintain beautiful gardens for the
Pacific Grove community."
After the water barrels were placed, watering cans were provided to each
location to encourage use of rainwater throughout the sites. Tularcitos
Elementary School in Carmel Valley and Foothill Elementary School in
Monterey also received watering cans for use in their existing,
For more information on rain barrels and other water- and money-saving
tips, visit www.montereywaterinfo.org.
California American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK),
provides high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to
approximately 600,000 people.
Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S.
water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees,
N.J., the company employs approximately 6,700 dedicated professionals
who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an
estimated 14 million people in more than 30 states, and parts of Canada.
More information can be found by visiting www.amwater.com.
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