The Water Festival logo, with a splashing background


Join us to have a good time and to learn about our most precious resource—


April 27, 2019 On West Indiana Avenue
in Downtown DeLand


From the aquifer beneath our feet, to our natural springs and rivers, and even to the faucets in our homes, our sources of fresh water are becoming increasingly threatened. It is now time to raise awareness and start working together to protect this vital resource—our natural waters.



Plan to join us for The Water Festival 2019!

Bring the whole family for a great time of
discovery and fun!

THE WATER FESTIVAL is FREE to the public, thanks to our generous sponsors:

City of DeLand, Florida
Volusia Water Alliance
Blue Spring Alliance
Institute for Water at Stetson University
Judith Thompson
Riverside Conservancy
A7 Advertising
The West Volusia Beacon
Gateway Center
Gemini Springs Alliance
Hometown News
League of Women Voters
St. Johns Riverkeeper
The Garden Club of DeLand
Thunder City Derby Sirens
West Volusia Audubon
Florida Wildflower


Click here for more information…



Aurora, young mermaid on rock photo

graphic of ethnic mermaid Pretty mermaid woman posing for picture with little girl, photographic of white mermaid

Mermaid in tank, waving, photo

Come see real LIVE MERMAIDS at The Water Festival!
Bring your camera!

Explore, Discover, and Interact with the

Zephyrhills WaterVentures Lab!

WaterVentures semi truck with awning and activity tables

2 kids at touchscreen activity inside truck Big, lit, display of the state of Florida with information buttons

Zephyrhills Spring Water logoWaterVentures Florida's Learning Lab logo


Sidewalk Chalk Artists!

Always a popular hit, LIVE chalk artists will be creating their original, water-themed artworks during the Festival. Here are several of the preliminary designs that some of the artists have proposed to create:

Renaissance style head-and-shoulders painting of child blowing a bubble Mermaid upside-down in a big teal water droplet 

surreal graphic of the earth with a tree coming out the top, dead on one side, green on the other closeup of diving goggles reflecting kids snorkeling, fish in foreground

Come and watch as these and other original works of art are being created during the event!


Water sprinkler on lawn


Things We All Need to Know


92% of our drinking water sources are in peril.


Our aquifer, springs and rivers are suffering from pollution and declining flows. These changes result from the over-pumping of our groundwater, pesticides, and the drainage of nitrates from lawn fertilizers, pet waste, poorly-treated sewage, and unmaintained septic tanks, into our waters. With more knowledge, residents can make better choices to conserve and protect this essential, shared, natural resource—our water.

There are some simple, everyday things that all of us can do to turn things around and preserve our fresh, natural water sources for a long time to come. Most people just don’t know these simple, everyday things!


Things We Can Do

  • Use water wisely. When brushing teeth or rinsing dishes, turn the faucet down to half the flow. It works just as well!
  • Try to run dishwashers and washing machines at shorter settings, like Light and Normal, instead of Heavy all the time.
  • More than 50% of our water usage is primarily for watering lawns! Follow watering guidelines (only watering on certain days) and transition your yard to native and Florida-friendly plants and grasses. Most of our lawns can thrive on half the water we’re using!
  • Keep lawn clippings, leaves, fertilizers and chemicals from entering the storm drains.
  • Use lawn fertilizers and chemicals sparingly, if at all. Switch to long-term time-released products.
  • Pick up after your dog. Their waste seeps down through the ground into our water!
  • Properly maintain your septic tank. Pump your tank every 3-5 years and have it inspected every 3 years.
  • Join the efforts of the Volusia Water Alliance. Together, we can save our aquifer, springs and rivers—the sources of our drinking water.  Learn more here at
  • Spread the word!  If everyone just knew these things, it would make a huge difference!


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See you at the Water Festival!