“Flip the Switch, Stop the Drip” is the title of an educational event that focuses on conserving electricity and water.
The event is free and open to the public, and will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 6, at South Texas College Mid Valley Campus, located at 400 N. Border Ave. in Weslaco. Activities will be held at the North Academic Building G, Lecture Hall No. 191.
There will be presentations and demonstrations on how to cut household expenses by using less energy and water. The first 100 adults will receive a free water-conservation kit, which contains a water-saving shower head, garden hose nozzle and faucet aerators, and brochures with tips for saving water and electricity.
Barbara Storz, horticulturist, will give a talk on water wise landscaping, and Brad Cowan, County Extension Agent in agriculture and natural resources, will give a demonstration on drip irrigation/back flow. Both are with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Hidalgo County.
Tips on reducing energy in the home will be presented by Janie Harris, a housing and environment expert with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, based in Texas A&M University.
Those who want to learn how to harvest rain water will want to hear the presentation by John Smith, a soil and crop expert with the Extension.
Exhibits and booths will demonstrate water-saving principles. A water shed demonstration will be presented by Omar Montemayor, County Extension Agent, agricultural and natural resources, and Ronnie Zamora, Extension Agent, agricultural and natural resources, both with Starr County.
Nueces River Authority will present a water in the home/farm exhibit.
There will also be a native plant sale for those who want to use less water in their landscaping. There will also be door prizes and a drawing for rain barrels, which can be used to collect rain water.
The event is being funded by the Texas Water Resources Institute and is being co-sponsored by Texas AgriLife Extension Service, and the Biology Club at STC.
For more information, contact the Texas AgriLife Extension Service office at: Hidalgo County, 383-1026; Starr County, 487-2306; Cameron County, 361-8236.