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EVMWD honors local young water scientists at annual science fair awards


Last updated 5/16/2019 at 1:46pm

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Lake Elsinore school students show off their trophies won in the Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District's sponsored water science fair. Teachers and EVMWD officials stand behind them.

LAKE ELSINORE – The Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District's board of directors recognized nine students for their science fair projects that focused on water Thursday, April 25. Families and teachers were treated to a reception and ceremony that was held in the students' honor at the EVMWD board meeting. Students received trophies and prizes alongside their teachers who received bundles of classroom essentials.

"The science fair starts with imagination and wonder," Jacob Shiba, community affairs specialist, said. "That then turns into logic and reasoning as students attempt to seek out the unknown behind their projects."

To be eligible for the award, students must be a finalist in the 2019 Lake Elsinore Unified School District Science Fair and have a project focused on water science. This year's projects included topics ranging from fish respiration rates in water to water desalination.

"The water industry is an amazing one, filled with challenges," Andy Morris, EVMWD board president, said. "This is why we celebrate the young bright minds who will imagine and create future solutions to challenges that don't yet exist."

The 2019 science fair contest winners included Austin Horvath of Railroad Canyon Elementary School's "Density Tower;" Lani Charron of William collier Elementary School's "Go Fish;" Christopher Ferguson of Keith McCarthy Academy's "Do more reactants give more products?" Adele Pascua, Benjamin Jeong, Brandon Gadduang and Romeo Banzon of Temescal Canyon High School's "How the Effect of Temperature in Water Causes the Speed at Which the Plastic Bead Sinks," Amanda Martilla of Temescal Canyon High School's "Is Lake Dye a Solution for the Overgrowth of Algae in Canyon Lake?" and Mirabella Smith of Temescal Canyon High School's "Desalinating Water Using a Centrifuge and Varying Layers of Filtration."

From tours or water curricula, EVMWD provides a wide variety of educational programs and resources for schools in its service area and encourages teachers to visit to learn more.

EVMWD provides service to more than 155,000 water and wastewater customers in a 97-square mile area in western Riverside County. The district is a sub-agency of the Western Municipal Water District and a member agency of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Visit the EVMWD at for additional information.

Submitted by Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District.


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