FGUA to launch senior water pilot program
The Florida Governmental Utility Authority, along with Carolyn Peplow, director at Lehigh Community Services, and Melissa Berry, director of Lehigh Senior Center, will launch a pilot program called "Our Community, Our Seniors, Our Water" in the months of May and June. This event will tie into World Environment Day, which is held on June 5.
The program will serve to promote water conservation awareness as well as the benefits of art therapy for seniors via a rain barrel painting contest.
"We have secured a sponsor/donor that has provided 20 barrels to the program and are working with the Junior ROTC who has volunteered to clean and prep the barrels on May 4 at our FGUA Booster Station, located at 925 Bolivia Drive in Lehigh," Donna Lizotte, community service representative on behalf of the FGUA, explained.
According to Lizotte, ROTC students have donated their time to help prepare the barrels to be worked on prior to the event.
"The barrels need to be washed, sanded and primed before they can be painted. Since this task can be challenging for some seniors, the local ROTC students will prep the barrels in advance of the barrel being painted. They will also affix the hardware that is needed transforming the barrels into actual rain barrels," Lizotte said.