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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, The Water conservation Holiday Ornament Contest, Keep Brevard Beautiful, the Juniors to Jobs and the Academy of Environmental Academy summer internship programs create a broader scope of our responsibility to our community in a hands-on and fun way.

The 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.

The poster contest is an opportunity for water conservation education. Utilities representatives present on the importance of water and how to practice conservation. Water is a precious resource that is commonly taken for granted. After learning about the issues our world has with water, the students convey their message of water importance or water conservation to others artistically. These students are today's leaders by encouraging others to be smart with their water. It is a great community activity.

The City of Palm Bay celebrates the month of April as water conservation month and the Drop Savers Poster contest is part of our community activities. The winners are selected by division based on creativity, style, and appearance.

Photo of Drop Savers Award Recipients

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.

 

 Drop Saver Art winner photoDrop Saver Art winner photoDrop Saver WinnerDrop Saver Poster Winner

 

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


Participating school representatives, student art winners, parents, and/or guardians are invited to attend the April City Council meeting  to be present for the Water Conservation Proclamation reading. The awards ceremony immediately follows. Participating schools are given a plaque of appreciation and each winning student receives a certificate and a trophy. As honored guests, students are invited to shake hands with the Utilities Director, City Council members, the City Manager, and the Mayor.

Posters are judged under the following divisions:

  • Division One: Kindergarten – First grade
  • Division Two: Second – Third grades
  • Division Three: Fourth – Fifth grades
  • Division Four: Sixth – Eighth grades
  • Division Five: Ninth – Twelfth grades

If your school, home school, or child would like to participate in this fun educational activity contact our Utilities Department at 321.952.3410 or email outreach@pbfl.org .


Palm 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.

Vac-Con truck Vac-Con truck with Children exploring inside

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

Vac-Con truck and technicians explaining the truck to children Vac-Con truck and technicians explaining the truck camera to children

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 Utilities Department at 321.952.3410 or email outreach@pbfl.org.


Palm Bay Utilities Water Conservation Holiday Ornament Contest

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!

Water Conservation Holiday Ornament Contest LogoWater Conservation Holiday Ornament Contest Winners

 

The Holiday Tree with the all of the student’s ornaments is also on display for our annual Breakfast with Santa and the annual Holiday Light Parade. The winners from the Water Conservation Holiday Ornament Contest are invited to a special holiday awards ceremony.

Participating school representatives, student art winners, parents, and/or guardians are invited to attend the Holiday City Council meeting to be awarded for their winning ornament contribution. Participating schools are given a plaque of appreciation and each winning student receives a certificate and a trophy. As honored guests, students are invited to shake hands with the Utilities Director, City Council members, the City Manager, and the Mayor.

Ornaments are judged under the following divisions:

  • Division One: Kindergarten – Second grade
  • Division Two: Third grade - Fifth grade
  • Division Three: Sixth – Twelfth grades

Ornament contest winner at the Tree Lighting CeremonyChildren making holiday ornaments

Children with ornamentsOrnament on Christmas Tree

Photos above: Children work on the decorations for the Tree Lighting Ceremony!

If your school, home school, or child would like to participate in this fun educational activity contact our Utilities Department at 321.952.3410 or email outreach@pbfl.org.


Palm Bay Utilities and Keep Brevard Beautiful

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.

Port Malabar Elementary winning School Environment Awards

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


Summer Internship Programs

Juniors to Jobs

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. 

Juniors to Jobs student interns

Photo above: Palm Bay Utilities Juniors to Jobs Interns work with Line Locate Technician.

The Academy of Environmental Water Technology Summer Utilities Internship

AEWT Interns working at water plant

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

The City of Palm Bay Utilities Department is a proud supporter of Heritage High School's Academy of Environmental Water Technology Program.  This career-track program provides students with the necessary training to become water industry professional.  It is specifically focused on training students to become certified water treatment operators.  Through this program students can graduate high school with their Level C Water Operator Pre-Licensure coursework.  Students take the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Level C Water Operator test at the end of their senior year. 

In general, much of the water industry's workforce will retire over the next 10 years, and this program provides local students exposure to the water industry and introduces them to possible career opportunities.

The Summer Internship Program is only offered to students currently enrolled in the AEWT program at Heritage High School.

Palm Bay Utilities Department
Attn:  AEWT Internship Program
250 Osmosis Drive SE
Palm Bay, FL  32909

For additional on the AEWT internship or to obtain an internship application Please contact Palm Bay Utilities at (321) 952-3410 or email outreach@pbfl.org.

Applications must be submitted with a copy of student's most recent report card.