Jean Vanier students make videos about our drinking water 0
Jean Vanier Gr. 10 Intro to Business students pose with their new water bottles they received from Collingwood Public Utilities' in appreciation for their videos on our drinking water system. Hannah Vanderkooy/The Enterprise-Bulletin.
Students at Jean Vanier Catholic High School tapped into water resources by creating short videos on the drinking water system as part of a Collingwood Public Utilities project.
Collingwood Public Utilities' President and CEO, Ed Houghton, and Manager of Water Services, Marcus Firman, recognized the Gr. 10 Introduction to Business class Thursday morning.
"We're very glad you guys took the time to think about our water," said Houghton.
The project was designed to educate people about Collingwood's drinking water system.
"It's that recognition that though there's that huge body of water, we still need to be mindful," said Firman. "We have to be water-wise."
Collingwood Public Utilities has been working with local elementary and high schools to teach them about how water gets from Georgian Bay to our taps.
The opportunity to make a short video about the drinking water system was open to all Collingwood high school students, but Peter Tipold decided to have his whole class participate.
"These groups took it, and I think they did learn an awful lot," said Tipold.
Not all students were familiar with video-making technology, but managed to use either school resources or iPads to make their films.
The purpose of the project was not only to promote Collingwood's drinking water facilities, but also to create awareness of the need to be resourceful with our water.
"In the future, there will be wars waged on clean drinking water," said Houghton.
Houghton was interested to see what the students would emphasize in their videos.
"(We) were thrilled to see that all of the videos focused strongly on conservation," said Houghton in a press release.
The videos have been submitted to the American Water Works Association's international YouTube contest and are posted on the Collingwood Public Utilities website at http://www.collus.com/water-videos.