The Imperial Irrigation District started its 42nd annual water safety program this week following resolutions adopted by the IID Board of Directors and the county Board of Supervisors proclaiming May as Water Safety Month.
The resolutions also declared May 10 as "Dippy Duck Day" in honor of IID's water safety mascot whose message will be presented to elementary and preschool children throughout Imperial County this month.
This year's safety slogan is "Stay cool, swim in a pool."
Linda L. Sanchez, IID's educational program coordinator, is schedule to take the program to nearly 27,000 children in 55 public and private schools and day-care centers throughout the Valley.
Assisting Sanchez are water safety educational program representatives Tisa Rodriguez and Gina Sanchez.
IID Public Affairs Manager Ron Hull said, "By educating children through the Dippy Duck program we have been very successful in creating a psychological barrier to keep kids safe by keeping them out of canals. We expect good things to come from this year's program as well."