I was at a booth at Miami River Day at Lummus Park on Saturday, where kids and parents circled the booths to get stars so they could get a gift. The question I asked, so the kids could earn a star, was: "Where does Miami-Dade drinking water come from?" Out of all the kids and and all the parents, only one parent knew that the water came from underground: The Biscayne Aquifer. Most of the parents thought drinking water came from rivers (the hopelessly polluted Miami River?) and most of the kids thought our drinking water came from the ocean. Hmmm. The River Day kids couldn't make the connection that water had to seep underground. When I asked them where the water would have a better chance to seep underground, 1) on the road, or 2) on the dirt, about half thought the pavement would do a better job. Hmmm yet again. Let's continue teaching to the FCAT, boy, is that working well for our kids! The children aren't taught how lucky we are to have an aquifer here in Miami-Dade, and the Everglades, to supply them with drinking water.
On a brighter drinking water note, we are saving 34,000,000 million gallons of our precious water a day, since 2007, according to Miami Dade Water and Sewer. They attribute the saving to 1) Conservation, 2) Irrigation restrictions, 3) New construction standards and 4) Lack of population growth.