Area students learn importance of water at festival

By Chris Swick
October 27, 2015

Over 500 McPherson County students converged on McPherson College's campus recently for the annual Children's Water Festival put on by the Board of Public Utilities.

“We teach them where their water comes from, how they can help protect the water supply, Carla Pearson, who is with the committee that puts on the festival, said. “And how much water is really available to us for our use.”

The BPU puts on the festival along with McPherson College and Cargill. The 543 students, mainly fourth graders, come from the city and county schools, with students from as far away as Sterling also making the trip up.

She says about 50 presenters, along with an additional 50 volunteers, are needed to help put on the event.

“We teach the kids that each one of us can make a difference in protecting our water supply and, together, we can make a huge impact,” Pearson said. “The water festival, in general, works the same way. When all of us team up together, McPherson College, Cargill, all the local businesses, we make a huge impact on teaching the children.”

More information on the water festival can be found online at