Selected employees of the Santa Maria Water District (SMWD) travelled to different schools around the town of Santa Maria, Bulacan for this year’s edition of the Water Saver School Educational Program (WSSEP).

The WSSEP is a project under the Gender and Development (GAD) program, which kicked off in October 2015.

In 2018, the WSSEP visited 13 schools from September to November, reaching at least 100 students per school.

For this year, nine schools were visited by the SMWD team just in the months of July and August, and a total of 848 pupils gained knowledge on proper water usage and preservation of the environment.

In July, the SMWD team went to Smarties Academy, Estrella Academy, St.Vincent Learning Academy, School of Bartholomew of Bulacan and San Isidro Labrador Academy of Buenavista.

Meanwhile, in August, the Viva School of Bulacan, Trinitas School of Sta. Maria, Early Christian School and the Grace of Shekinah School were the schools visited by SMWD personnel, composed mainly of Customer Service employees.

Each student were also given a hygiene kit as the WSSEP also included proper hand washing and brushing of teeth to the lectures, which is under the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) project.
The highlights of a WSSEP includes an Audio-Visual presentation on proper water usage, a short discussion on waste segregation, and lastly, a group photo with “Patak,” SMWD’s official mascot.

In addition, the SMWD personnel also conducted a Question and Answer portion every after each topic to ensure that every student absorbed the information they have shared. Students with correct answers received prizes.