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The Palm Bay Utilities Department realizes the importance of educating the public, about water quality, conservation and on-going improvement projects within the community.  We feel that it is especially important to instill a sense of urgency in the area youth about the uses of water and how to conserve it for future generations. 

Palm Bay Utilities Department’s mission and commitment to sustainability is dependent on an active outreach education program.  Each year our Community Outreach Coordinator visits the local k-12 schools to educate young residents about conservation, water and wastewater treatments, careers in the industry, and more. Getting our youngest community members involved with water conservation should be fun, therefore, there are many different activities to convey the importance of water, our most precious resource.

Events such as the Drop Savers Poster Contest, Touch a Truck, Holiday Ornament Decorating, Keep Brevard Beautiful, and two different summer internship programs create a broader scope of our responsibility to our community in a hands-on and fun way.

Drop Savers Poster Contest

DSC_0031 (Photo above: Drop Savers Awards at Palm Bay City Council, winners were awarded after the April Water Conservation Proclamation was made to the City of Palm Bay)

 Division 4 FIRST Place Angelee GeigerDivision 3 First Place Kaysi ButlerDivision 2 Fourth Place Jamir Glaze

(Photos above: Messages from Palm Bay's youngest water conservationists participating in the Annual Drop Savers poster contest.)

Palm Bay Utilities, in partnership with the Florida Section of American Water Works Association (FSAWWA), promotes water preservation and conservation education to Palm Bay K-12 schools with the annual Drop Savers Poster Contest.  The poster contest allows participants to have fun and at the same time promote the importance of water conservation in their homes. Each participant submits an entry on a letter size paper showing a slogan, drawing, or combination of a water conservation idea.

If your school, home school, or child would like to participate in this fun educational activity contact our Community Information Coordinator, Julie Dimmig by email Julie.Dimmig@pbfl.org 

Pam Bay Utilities Touch a Truck

Palm Bay Utilities comes to public schools and public events to participate in “Touch-A-Truck”, and experience where everyone can get an up-close look at the huge tools that keep our community running smoothly. Children (and adults) have the opportunity to explore all kinds of interesting Utilities vehicles. All are encouraged to ask questions to our Palm Bay Utilities crew and climb in to check the equipment out!

Not only is Touch-A-Truck fun, but it also creates a positive environment for the Palm Bay Utilities Crew to interact with the community. It is a perfect time for customers to ask questions directly related to the trucks and how they are used.

 

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(Photos above: Touch a Truck - Students getting a "hands-on" experience with the Vac-Con Truck.)

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(Photos above: Touch a Truck - Students learn about the Cues Closed Circuit TV Truck and view what our Technicians see- under the ground and inside our pipes!)

If your school, home school, or child would like to participate in this fun educational activity contact our Community Information Coordinator, Julie Dimmig by email Julie.Dimmig@pbfl.org 

Palm Bay Utilities Holiday Ornaments for the Tree Lighting Ceremony

Palm Bay Utilities reaches out to schools every autumn to get a little help with the decorations for the City Tree. These crafty kids have work on water-themed ornaments such as snow people, snowflakes, recycled plastic water bottles turned into bells and more. The students are invited to see their ornaments on the City Christmas Tree at the Tree Lighting Ceremony! We even have choirs from local schools come out to put on a show for the community. Every year Santa Claus will come out with some of our City representatives to flip the switch to light the tree! All of the student’s ornaments are on display for the entire City to see!

The Holiday Tree with the student’s ornaments is also on display for our annual Breakfast with Santa and the annual Holiday Light Parade. We encourage all to participate in these events no matter how old, you just need to be young at heart!

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(Photos above: Children work on the decorations, ans show them off,  for the Tree Lighting Ceremony!)

If your school, home school, or child would like to participate in this fun educational activity contact our Community Information Coordinator, Julie Dimmig by email Julie.Dimmig@pbfl.org 

Palm Bay Utilities and Keep Brevard Beautiful

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(Photo above: Palm Bay Utilities and Keep Brevard Beautiful presented the School Environment Award to Port Malabar Elementary )

PBUD staff volunteer with Keep Brevard Beautiful (KBB) to encourage sustainable practices and environmental stewardship in our local classrooms. Each month, local elementary schools are visited to conduct site visits and review summary reports of the school's environmental activities for the previous month. Winning schools are selected from the north, central, and south areas of the county. Criteria such as recycling projects, creative environmentally-focused projects, activities, litter patrols, and campus beautification are considered when reviewing the schools.

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 (Photo above: Palm Bay Utilities AEWT Interns work with Steve Walbert, Treatment Plant     Operator.)

PBUD is a proud to sponsor the Academy of Environmental Water Technology (AEWT) program at Heritage High School which prepares and equips students to become future water industry professionals. In 2013, PBUD launched an internship pilot program with two students, expanding to four students in 2014. Teaching today's young people how to effectively manage our water resources and the value of clean, safe, reliable drinking water is imperative, and we are excited to partner with Heritage High School in this effort.

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(Photo above: Palm Bay Utilities Juniors to Jobs Interns work with Jeff Bowman, Line Locate Technician.)

Since 2015 the Palm Bay Utilities Department, in partnership with CareerSource of Brevard and the Greater Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce, offers an internship to high school seniors of Palm Bay.

The Juniors to Jobs program is modeled after successful youth programs in other cities around the country and was born out of Palm Bay’s participation in the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Juniors to Jobs focuses on helping the students from Palm Bay’s three area high schools to develop work readiness, financial and career exploration skills along with meaningful paid work experience opportunities with area businesses.  “We had great success stories from this program, this is so much more than just providing a job.  It’s about investing in the future of our community by educating our youth in how to be productive members of society with strong work ethics, integrity, and dependability,” said Mayor William Capote who brought the program to the city through his membership in the U.S. Conference of Mayors. 

The utilities department is equipped with several trained professionals who can speak on such topics.  If you are interested in having someone come and speak to your class about water, our treatment processes, conservation or other topics, please contact the Palm Bay Utilities Community Outreach Coordinator, Julie Dimmig , at  (321) 952-3410 or email Julie.Dimmig@pbfl.org.