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ANAHEIM PUBLIC UTILITIES CHALLENGES STUDENTS TO THINK CREATIVELY ABOUT PROMOTING WATER CONSERVATION Students create their own water public service announcements, build and race in solar-powered boats, and create award winning water posters

ANAHEIM, CA (May 27, 2009) - As part of celebrating May as Water Awareness Month, Anaheim Public Utilities kicked off several key initiatives to educate students on the importance of water conservation and to promote it as a way of life. Recognizing that students are quick and visual learners, Anaheim Public Utilities created personal experiences that allowed them to see the benefits of conserving water.

The following three initiatives are examples of the many efforts and programs that Anaheim Public Utilities has developed to promote greater water awareness.

Elementary Schools Water Poster Contest

Each year, Anaheim Public Utilities hosts an annual water conservation poster contest. Students, first- through sixth-grade were asked to create colorful posters that expressed key conservation messages. Three winners were chosen from each grade and the children of the winning posters received trophies at a pre-game ceremony at last night’s Anaheim Angels baseball game against the Chicago White Sox. The first place winners also received a $100 savings bond. Winning posters are displayed for visitors to see in the lobby of Anaheim’s City Hall West or can be viewed at http://www.anaheim.net/article.asp?id=1002.

High School Video/Public Service Announcement Contest

These days, using some type of technological device is an essential communication tool for young adults. As a way to engage students, Anaheim Public Utilities challenged high school students to create a 30-second water conservation Public Service Announcement (PSA) video. The student with the winning video will receive an apple laptop computer, have their PSA aired on the City’s public access channel (ACTV3) and on the Anaheim website.

     Click Here to see winning video in QuickTime or Windows Media.

     Click Here to see photograph of winning student video producer Samuel Anaya as
     he received a certificate in recognition of his accomplishment along with a new
     MacBook computer, from Don Calkins, Anaheim public utilities

     assistant general manager for water services. Daniel is a student at Anaheim
     High School. His teacher is Paul Villalobos.


Solar-Powered Boat Race

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California held its seventh annual solar cup boat race on May 15-17th at Lake Skinner. Three of the thirty teams that competed in a 200-meter water dash, were sponsored by Anaheim Public Utilities. As part of the sponsorship, teams received funds for materials needed to build the boat from design to completion, and each boat was powered by solar energy stored in batteries. “It’s a great way for students to utilize renewable technology and to see firsthand how it functions,”  says Anaheim Public Utilities General Manager Marcie Edwards.  All of the three teams sponsored by Anaheim Public Utilities won an award: Canyon High School took 1st Place as the Veteran Team, Savanna took 1st place as the Rookie Team and Anaheim High School was awarded the Bart Beziak Memorial Spirit of Solar Cup Trophy for their sportsmanship – the team provided their back up motor to a competing team.


To learn more about Anaheim Public Utilities’ water conservation programs and incentives and the Water Awareness initiatives, Click Here.


ABOUT ANAHEIM PUBLIC UTILITIES For more than 100 years, Anaheim Public Utilities has served Anaheim water and electric customers with low rates and reliable service. Anaheim Public Utilities is Orange County's only publicly owned water and electric utility.

ABOUT ANAHEIM The City of Anaheim, founded in 1857, is one of the nation's premier municipalities and is California's 10th most populous city. Anaheim covers 50 square miles with more than 345,500 residents and more than 2,100 City employees. The municipal corporation's annual budget is $1.3 billion. Anaheim supports a thriving business community with companies such as CKE Restaurants, Inc., L-3 Communications, Pacific Sunwear, and Disneyland Resort. Successful sports franchises call Anaheim home, including Angels Baseball, Anaheim Ducks, Anaheim Arsenal, and the 2008 Olympic Gold Medal winning USA Men's Volleyball team. Anaheim also boasts world-class meeting and entertainment venues with the Anaheim Convention Center, the largest on the west coast, Honda Center, The Grove of Anaheim, Anaheim GardenWalk, and Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Annually, Anaheim welcomes millions of visitors to the city, truly making it where the world comes to live, work and play. For more information, please visit www.anaheim.net.