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Struthers Mayor and Local Organizations Present Water Timers to Students for World Water Day

On Monday, students at Struthers Elementary and Middle schools were challenged to consider their water usage in a World Water Day campaign spearheaded by the city’s Mayor.

Mayor Catherine Cercone-Miller approached Struthers Storm Water and Aqua for a collaboration on a water conservation campaign for students in the Struthers school district. The organizations pulled through, sponsoring 1,100 water timers - enough for each Struthers student from Kindergarten through sixth grade in class on Monday, March 22. In addition, Struthers Storm Water provided the elementary students with a Storm Water Coloring Book.

“We knew we wanted to instill the importance of water conservation in our children at a young age,” said Mayor Cercone-Miller. “World Water Day provides the opportunity to inspire them to learn more about water as a resource and discover simple changes they can make to conserve water.”

Mayor Cercone-Miller, along with Jennifer Johnson from Aqua, Frank DeMarco and Shirley Sepesy from Struthers Storm Water, Guy Maiorana from the Department of Water Pollution Control, Tim Daley the Safety Service Director, and Kim Lewis from the Green Team delivered the timers, which include a suction cup to allow the students to keep an eye on the time (five minutes) with a bright blue hourglass-style timer.

Jennifer Johnson, the Area Manager for Aqua shared powerful statistics about water - 800 million people around the world are without access to basic water service, and 2 billion without access to basic sanitation. She says “When we can turn on our tap and get access to safe, reliable water service at a reasonable price, it’s easy to take for granted what a resource that is.”

The group visited some of the elementary classrooms to talk about World Water Day and show students how to use the timers. They then challenged Struthers students to think about their water usage - encouraging them to value the resource and use it wisely.

Frank DeMaro, of Struthers Storm Water explained the importance of their continuing the organization’s longstanding outreach with the schools. “We promote storm water awareness,” he says. “Recycling keeps trash off of roads, it doesn’t go into storm basins, which keeps it out of waterways and lakes.”

“We’re thankful to have such a supportive community that engages our students in important conversations,” says Dennis Hynes, Struthers Elementary School Principal and Assistant Superintendent. “Programs like this are a great opportunity for students to think beyond the school walls and really understand how their actions can impact other people, the environment, and the community.”

Group shot of sponsors and administration in Struthers Elementary lobby
Left to right: Kim Lewis (the Green Team), Shirley Sepesy (Struthers Storm Water), Jennifer Johnson (Aqua), Frank DeMaro (Struthers Storm Water), Mayor Catherine Cercone-Miller, Pete Pirone (Struthers Superintendent), Dennis Hynes (Elementary Principal and Assistant Superintendent), Tim Daley (Safety Service Director), Guy Maiorana (Department of Water Pollution Control) Photo Courtesy of Frank Marr
Mayor Cercone-Miller and a 4th grade student with the water timer
Mayor Catherine Cercone-Miller shows a 4th grade student how to use the water timer.
Jennifer Johnson and student with water timer
Jennifer Johnson from Aqua shows a student how to use the water timer sponsored by Aqua and Struthers Storm Water for Struthers K-6 students.
Students holding up water timers
Students in Mrs. Lattanzio's first grade class show off their new water timers.

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