OUC, students partner to use art to promote water conservation

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — A local school is taking part in a colorful program that mixes art and water conservation.


The program is underway as a drought develops across Central Florida.

The grass is dry as drought conditions develop across Central Florida, but at Arbor Ridge K-8, one of Orange County’s green schools, their latest initiative to conserve water is the Watercolor Project.

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About 28,000 students have taken part in OUC’s Water Color Project, an effort to promote water conservation through art, since 2006.

This years, students across Orange County painted 40 barrels, which are on display at local art galleries and on sale to anyone wanting to catch and reuse rainwater in their backyard.

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OUC estimates that one rain barrel could save up to $10 on your water bill each year, the equivalent of 1,300 gallons a year is roughly about 800 flushes of your toilet, or about 65 loads for your washing machine.

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Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.