Cronkite: Education crucial for water conservation

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Cronkite News reported that nearly a dozen Western mayors gathered Wednesday in Washington, D.C. to discuss anything and everything “water” except the region’s drought contingency plan – what Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton called “the 800-pound gorilla in the room.”

“The drought contingency plan is at a very precarious point right now,” Stanton said after leading the second annual panel of mayors on water. “I didn’t want any of the conversation here, among the leading mayors, to mess up any balance that’s going on.”

That limitation didn’t stop the mayors from sharing ideas and bragging about their cities’ successes in cutting water use.

Sarah Porter, director of Arizona State University’s Kyl Center for Water Policy (at Morrison Institute), moderated the session. She agreed with the mayors that next to research, education is crucial to water conservation success.

“You want children and residents and really everyone, to really understand where their water comes from,” said Porter,. “We need to educate people, to understand water.”

READ: Western mayors talk water conservation, stay mum on drought allotments