While the Cayuga Nature Center does not rely on municipal water supply, we are equally concerned about the current drought conditions affecting our area, and are adhering to the voluntary water restrictions set forth by the Department of Health last week.
In terms of how this affects our camp, we will be transporting lake water for all activities and irrigation needs that can make use of unfiltered water. Campers will still be provided filtered spring water for drinking, and encouraged to regularly wash hands before lunch and snack using the water from our well system.
As a parent, you can help us to reiterate the importance of water conservation during this critical time by explaining to your camper the current environmental conditions and their impacts, as well as the importance of respecting the water supply. Many common behaviors we are attempting to discourage in the camp setting include campers walking away from running faucets, using bathroom sinks for splash play or intentionally flooding the sink, and frequent dumping of water bottles for refills because the camper believes the water is too warm or has “gone bad”.
By educating our campers on the reasoning behind these restrictions, we can encourage a more responsible attitude towards the conservation of this very important resource, and help protect our well water supply by cutting down on our consumption rate.
We thank you for your understanding and hope you help us in this initiative.