ST. GEORGE – The Utah Division of Water Resources is offering $5,000 in scholarship funds as part of a water conservation competition.
The “H2Oath: Utah’s Water-Wise Pledge” aims to see which of Utah’s colleges and universities can get the most pledges from students, faculty, alumni and fans. The winning school will receive $5,000 for the department or program most closely tied to water conservation.
“We call it ‘H2Oath: Water War.’ We are interested to see which school is the most dedicated to water conservation, and this is a fun way to find out,” Todd Adams, Water Resources deputy director, said in a statement.
“Also, I think the Aggies are going to win, but I am definitely biased … go Aggies,” he said.
The division has added a pledge category where H2Oath takers can choose their favorite Utah college or university. The pledge can be taken at water.utah.gov/H2Oath or the mobile-friendly https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/H2Oath.
The competition will last through Oct. 15.
Commitments include watering no more than what the division’s weekly lawn watering guide allows, which recommends zero watering for most of Utah following last week’s precipitation. It also includes several other commitments.
“We encourage schools to get the information into their school newspapers, department newsletters, social media and even announcements at sporting events. We also encourage school leadership to take the pledge in order to reduce water use on-campus,” said Faye Rutishauser, State Water Conservation Coordinator.
The division encourages participants to let their peers know via social media when they take the H2Oath, using the hashtags #H2Oath #WaterWar.
College and universities participating include:
- Brigham Young University
- Dixie State University
- Salt Lake Community College
- Snow College
- Southern Utah University
- University of Utah
- Utah State University
- Utah Valley University
- Weber State University
- Westminster College
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