UCOWR is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2017 Education and Public Service Award:
- Community Relations and Outreach (CRO) Program for the Prince William County Service Authority, managed by Karen Takas
The 2017 award recipient for Education and Public Service is the Community Relations and Outreach (CRO) Program for the Prince William County Service Authority, managed by Karen Takas, (far right in photo). As Virginia’s largest combined water and wastewater utility, the Service Authority is dedicated to providing reliable drinking water distribution and wastewater reclamation and treatment services for 90,000 residential and commercial accounts in Prince William County, Virginia. The CRO Department plays an integral role in educating customers and County residents of all ages about the importance of clean water to public health and the wellbeing of the environment. The CRO Department’s two-person team employs a three-pronged approach to interacting with customers and other stakeholders: schools outreach, community events, and organizational activities, each customized to educate distinct audiences about the vital role of the Service Authority in Prince William County and the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Noteworthy efforts by the CRO Department include: development of an in-depth curriculum for Pre-K through 12th grade on the water cycle, water sources, drinking water, and wastewater treatment; free classroom presentations by Service Authority Outreach staff throughout the school year; an annual Water Art Invitational for local high school students; assistance at area science fairs and expos; professional development training for high school science teachers; and much more.