CAMP VERDE - Seven years ago the Camp Verde Unified School District installed an Aresenic Remidiation Water System. Between the 2013-2014 school year and the 2014-2015 school year, CVUSD saved 13.4 million gallons of water with the help of upgrades to time clocks, sprinkler heads, and more efficient toilets. Transportation Director Stacy Barker said it is all about making the school district look inviting to the public.
"To make something like this happen, you have to have the right people in the right place to make it work," Barker said. "We are able to save water and save money and still make the schools look great."
Due to the mass amounts of water being saved Barker said it was hard to put a dollar amount on the amount of money that the district has saved. Barker said his crew believes in the community and without that the school wouldn't look the way it does.
With the success the school is having saving water Barker said that there are two charter schools coming to Camp Verde to check out how the system works, so that they can see if it is something their schools could use. Barker has been making improvements to the water system as the capital has been coming in and he said the district is currently looking into install waterless urinals, and upgrading drinking fountains.
"Waterless Urinals," Barker said. "I mean that is huge, and we are in talks with Haas Water System to see if we can get the most efficient drinking fountains possible."
Barker said all of the upgrades are a part of a five year capital repair plan, and as the money has been coming in he and his crew have been making improvements to the school buildings. Currently, the school's five-year plan has been delayed due to budget cuts, but the amount of water that the school will be able to save won't change according to Barker because of the upgrades that are already installed.
"Over the next few years we will probably just be maintaining," Barker said. "But when the money starts coming in again we will be able to start making improvements again."
It seems like Camp Verde Unified School District has all of the right people in the right place as saving 13.4 million gallons of water in a year is a huge accomplishment, and when more facilities are upgraded that number will continue to grow for the district.