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, how the department uses technology such as geographic information systems (GIS) to assist in day-to-day operations and decisions, and more.
(Photo above: Drop Savers Awards at Palm Bay City Council, April 2017)
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.
(Photo above: Palm Bay Utilities and Keep Brevard Beautiful presented the School Environment Award to Port Malabar Elementary in 2017)
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.
(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.
(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 Clark , at (321) 952-3410 or email Julie.Clark@pbfl.org.