For Immediate Release
September 20, 2018
Contact: Rebecca Rubin, Public Outreach Coordinator
Phone: 831-475-8501 x118
Soquel Creek Water District Receives WateReuse Association's "2018 Award of Excellence in Outreach & Education"
for Its Mobile Educational Trailer
Soquel, CA (September 20, 2018) – The Soquel Creek Water District has proudly received a significant honor from the WateReuse Association: the Award of Excellence for Outreach and Education, in recognition of the District's Pure Water Soquel Mobile Educational Trailer. This annual award recognizes significant success in advancing the public's understanding and knowledge of recycled water, and is a prestigious honor illustrating the District's ongoing efforts to provide the community with clear, understandable, and useful information about water reuse.
The Mobile Educational Trailer is a colorful, interactive, fun, and engaging community outreach tool, designed to help educate the community on the critical issue of water reuse, and the District's proposed water purification/groundwater recharge and seawater intrusion prevention project, Pure Water Soquel. The trailer, which District staff takes to schools, special events, and other locations, features bright and colorful information panels, hands-on-samples of actual materials involved in the water purification process, entertaining and informative videos, and more.
"Our Mobile Educational Trailer has had great success in helping people of all ages throughout our community to gain a better understanding of water reuse and Pure Water Soquel," said Ron Duncan, General Manager. "We're very proud to gain this recognition and praise from the WateReuse Association - it tells us we're doing the right things to reach our community, and inspires us to continue seeking new, interesting ways to engage people in learning about the District and the services we provide."
Built last year on a shoestring budget and with an eight week deadline, the Soquel Creek Water District's Outreach team was able to create the Mobile Educational Trailer, put it on the road, and get it out and into of our community. In that very short time-frame available, District staff acquired the trailer, developed the informational messaging, designed the layout and look-and-feel for both inside and outside the trailer, arranged for all the materials to be printed/assembled, had the outside professionally wrapped with graphics and text, and produced/installed all of the interior materials.
So far the Pure Water Soquel Mobile Educational Trailer has visited 24 sites, reaching over 3,555 kids and adults with its important information. Upon its debut last year, the District started receiving inquiries from other water agencies seeking information about the trailer and how it was put together - and now, with this award from the WateReuse Association, those inquiries are sure to increase, and the trailer is sure to be on the road and busier than ever.
About Soquel Creek Water District
The Soquel Creek Water District is a nonprofit, local government agency that provides water resource management within its service area to deliver a safe and reliable supply of high-quality water to meet present and future needs in an environmentally sensitive and economically responsible way.