Pegasus School Re-Hydration Station Project Saves Students Money and Teaches a Valuable Lesson

Pegasus School students in Huntington Beach, Calif., were spending lots of money purchasing bottles of water from vending machines. In an effort to lower the school’s carbon footprint, save money and teach students about the importance of hydration, two classmates, Miya Stauss and Anchal Bhaskar, began an initiative to remove bottled water from its vending machines and encourage students and faculty to bring reusable bottles. They presented the program to Pam Conti, director of environmental sustainability and The Outdoor Classroom, who then helped connect the students to the Orange County Water District (OCWD). 

In October, the school and OCWD unveiled the completed Pegasus School Re-Hydration Station project, making the students’ dream a reality. The project includes six rapid water bottle filling stations with accompanying graphics to help educate students on why it’s important to stay hydrated and to encourage them to take advantage of reusable water bottles in-lieu of plastic disposable bottles.

Pegasus School has been a great community partner, allowing OCWD to construct, operate and maintain an injection well (I-33), without disruption to its maintenance schedule, on the eastern margin of the Pegasus School sports field located in Huntington Beach.

Pegasus School is a coed, non-profit, non-sectarian day school in Huntington Beach for gifted students in grades K-8. It was established in 1984. OCWD commends Pegasus for its environmental stewardship.