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By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –Water is something we can't live without but many of us take the water we use for granted. Today hundreds of students got the chance to learn all about the importance of water and the importance of conservation at the 8th annual Regional water festival.

Everyday we drink it, bathe in it and occasionally we even play in it. "Water is so important because we drink it, if it is not clean we may catch diseases the fishes could die," said Jamesheonna Wilson.

And as our most precious resource, its important we do all we can to make sure our water supply stays safe. "I think its important for them to understand the water supply is finite, It's conserved which means there is no extra water coming into the system," said Meteorologist Jay Polk.

Today, hundreds of students got the chance to learn all about water and the importance it plays in our daily lives. "The water we have now is the same water that you and I will have when we are older and it's the same water that our parents had when they were younger too," said Polk.

Close to 1,000 students from Dougherty, Terrell, Webster, and Randolph counties will visit the Flint RiverQuarium this week for the annual Water festival. "This is my third one and it seems every year the kids understand a little bit more about how the water supply is important to them," said Polk.

Its an event 5th grader Donnie Jones says he has been looking forward to for years. "I've been looking forward to coming back since first grade," said Jones.

WALB News 10 Meteorologist Jay Polk spent time talking with students about the weather and the water cycle. "They are fascinated about how the water cycle works they are fascinated about how their water supply gets from the sky to the ground to their faucets," said Polk.

Students also learned about conserving water, the importance of hand washing, and even what role mosquito control plays in the water source.

Students also learned about how oil and water don't mix, agricultural water use, and water and soil erosion.

The event runs through Thursday from 9:00am to 2:00pm.

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