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Florida Water Festival sets up in Spa Beach Park
Article published on Wednesday, March 5, 2014
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The Florida Water Environment Association is heading to Spa Beach Park in St. Petersburg for the Florida Water Festival Saturday, March 22, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
ST. PETERSBURG - The Florida Water Environment Association is heading to Spa Beach Park in St. Petersburg for the Florida Water Festival Saturday, March 22, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Designed to educate the public about the importance of protecting water resources, this free event offers fun and educational events for the entire family. Spa Beach Park is at 615 2nd Ave. NE.

The day’s activities include:

· One-mile Walk for Water: See what it’s like to have to carry water for a distance, as many in the world still must do; you will learn facts about water around the world as you walk

· Live music

· Interactive demonstrations on water quality sampling and testing

· Demonstrations on how water reclamation systems work

· Poster contest for children, which includes a $50 gift card for the winner

· Water animal face painting

· Caricature artists

· Water filtration test design competition for students in grades one through eight

· Exhibits from bay-area companies and agencies

· Prize drawings throughout the day

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Student Design Competition

A Student Design Competition on water filtration is open to teams of students in grades one through eight from public and private schools around St. Petersburg. The teams will be split into grade levels, first through third, fourth and fifth and sixth through eighth.

Teams may consist of multiple students within the same grade level category, but students can only be on one team. Each team must have a designated teacher sponsor.

Students are encouraged to use their imaginations to design a water filtration system that can filter out dirt and small pieces of paper and plastic. Students should make sure their systems can be transported to the park for the competition. Examples of materials to use may include two-liter bottles, buckets, soil, sand, gravel, marbles, cotton balls, metal scrap, woodchips, packing peanuts, coffee filters, and vegetation.

On the day of the competition, 500 milliliters of “polluted” water will be given to each team to pour through their filtration system. The filtered water leaving the system will be collected in containers provided on-site. The judges will score each team based on the turbidity of the filtered water and the volume of water filtered in 10 minutes.

All teams must have at least one representative present with the filtration system by 9:30 a.m. All teams must be registered by March 15 by emailing Laurel Rowse at Include the school name, grade level, name and contact information of the teacher sponsor and names of the participating students. More information including a festival sitemap will be available closer to the competition.

Organizers say the goal of the competition is to promote student participation and increase understanding of what it takes to filter water and the importance of water quality.

The Florida Water Environment Association is a Member Association of the Water Environment Federation which is comprised of over 36,000 water professional around the world. The Member Association is a 501(c)(3) organization that began its existence in 1941 under the name Florida Sewerage and Industrial Waste Association.
Article published on Wednesday, March 5, 2014
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