Students Become Engineers for World Water Day

In celebration of World Water Day, YES Prep Northline students worked as engineers alongside real engineers and other volunteers from Xylem. The opportunity was part of EarthEcho’s #MonitorWater efforts to record water quality data throughout the world. Students collected water samples from a retention pond at Keith-Weiss park and then worked with Xylem volunteers to test the water temperature, turbidity, PH, and dissolved oxygen levels. They recorded their results in the Monitor Water database and discussed the impact of the water quality on local marine life. Students also brainstormed ways that all Houstonians could help to improve water quality, such as planting trees and native plants to prevent erosion, organizing bayou cleanups, and more.

“It is essential that citizens of all ages connect to their local waterways, but it is particularly important that young people take an active role in protecting the health of their local water resources,” said Northline science teacher, Don Taylor.

See photos and learn more about Xylem and EarthEcho below.

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About EarthEcho

EarthEcho International is a nonprofit organization founded on the belief that youth have the power to change our planet. Established by siblings Philippe and Alexandra Cousteau in honor of their father Philippe Cousteau Sr., and grandfather legendary explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau, our mission is to inspire young people worldwide to act now for a sustainable future. 

 The EarthEcho Water Challenge is an international program, sponsored by Xylem Watermark, that equips anyone to combat the global water crisis starting in their own communities. Through the simple acts of testing their local water, sharing the results, and taking action to restore and protect this resource, anyone can play a critical role in ensuring the overall health of the environment and our communities.

About Xylem

Xylem (XYL) is a leading global water technology company committed to developing innovative technology solutions to the world’s water challenges. The Company’s products and services move, treat, analyze, monitor and return water to the environment in public utility, industrial, residential and commercial building services settings. Xylem also provides a leading portfolio of smart metering, network technologies and advanced infrastructure analytics solutions for water, electric and gas utilities. The Company’s more than 16,500 employees bring broad applications expertise with a strong focus on identifying comprehensive, sustainable solutions.  Headquartered in Rye Brook, New York with 2017 revenue of $4.7 billion, Xylem does business in more than 150 countries through a number of market-leading product brands.

The name Xylem is derived from classical Greek and is the tissue that transports water in plants, highlighting the engineering efficiency of our water-centric business by linking it with the best water transportation of all – that which occurs in nature. For more information, please visit us at

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