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Teens conserve water, win scholarship

Twin brothers’ theme park conservation project will save a million-plus gallons a year

Posted: February 21, 2010 10:39 p.m.
Updated: February 22, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 
For the local water agency’s annual water challenge, two twin teens thought big.

They tackled Santa Clarita Valley’s largest water user, Six Flags Magic Mountain theme park.

Saugus High School juniors Todd and Alex Davis worked with the theme park’s staff to develop educational materials including a video and tabletop placards to inform employees on how to save water.

Their big-ticket contribution was to drain the park’s lake, a savings of about 1 million gallons of water annually.

The 16-year-olds said they wanted to reach as many people as possible, and Magic Mountain was a good fit since both brothers work in the park’s human resources department. They chose education as their focus.

“That’s the best way to get change,” Alex Davis said.

The Davis brothers presented Magic Mountain with a list of ideas for water conservation education and projects.

“They actually decided to run with all of them,” said Alex Davis, naming the lake draining and an indigenous plant installment as two of the non-educational ideas.

Saugus Principal Bill Bolde said the Davis brothers’ immeasurable contribution is the effect of the education program, which could reach every employee and visitor at the park in some way.

“If every one of them takes a little piece of that and understands their responsibility to conserve water – a million gallons at the park is nothing compared to that,” Bolde said.

Five teams will be awarded a total of more than $15,000 in scholarship money for their winning contributions, including the Davis brothers’ $7,000 prize, agency education specialist Karen Sonksen said.

Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, R-Santa Clarita, was expected to attend at the event, held at Castaic Lake Water Agency’s office Thursday night, Sonksen said.

The competition had many participants from several area high schools, she said. There were 17 semifinalists.

neverett@the-signal.com

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