Elgin Water Day - Local Outreach
Kyla Jacobsen, ISAWWA Director
While working on a class project last summer, Elgin High School senior Boryana Borisova was shocked to find out that women and girls in developing countries walk an average of 6 km per day to get water. So she decided she wanted to do something to raise community awareness about water. "Because we have access to it at the moment because we have safe drinking water, we don't feel the effect that it has on other people thousands of miles away," she said.
Her resolve eventually gave birth to the first Elgin Water Day, which took place in Elgin, Illinois, Saturday, April 27. People could experience what walking 6 km (about 3.72 miles) feels like with a walk along the Fox River. People were encouraged to stop at the Riverside Water Treatment Plant to learn about how Fox River water in Elgin is turned into drinking water that is available at their taps.
- Informational and activity stations were set up along the route including a station about careers in the water industry manned by Tina Misicka and Kyla Jacobsen, ISAWWA Outreach Committee members and Elgin Water Department staff, always taking the opportunity to cultivate the next generation of water professionals.
(Photos: Outreach station and Ellis Middle School Environmental Club students)