Here’s what you need to know about Water Quality Day, August 3:
1. It has been proclaimed annually by every Vermont governor since 2014 because they feel it’s important for Vermonters to recognize the importance of “working water.”
2. Safe drinking water and clean rivers and lakes don’t just happen. We – the citizens – pollute our water resources with every flush, every load of laundry, every car wash, and that pollution needs to be removed if our natural waters are to stay healthy for people, plants, and animals.
3. We couldn’t live the way we do if our drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater treatment systems – all that equipment and high-tech, operated by skilled professionals – didn’t do their job.
4. They DO do their job 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Water quality professionals work hard and with deep commitment because they know we can’t live without clean water.
5. On August 2nd in the City of Burlington, August 3rd elsewhere in Vermont, you can learn more about this amazing, mostly out of sight, publicly-owned infrastructure. We invite you to come to any of the tours/open houses on August 2nd and 3rd to check it out. Tours are FUN, surprising, and educational for people of all ages, and there will be snacks and souvenirs at all locations.
6. This year GMWEA is coordinating Water Quality Day with the Vermont Dept. of Environmental Conservation’s Clean Water Week. The week features scores of activities, statewide, celebrating our natural waters and the community organizations that protect them. Check them all out at http://dec.vermont.gov/watershed/cwi/clean-water-week .
7. Tours of water, wastewater, or stormwater plants will be offered at the the following:
- Burlington Stormwater: Meet at ECHO Center! Tours start at 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
- Burlington Drinking Water: 235 Penny Lane. Tours at 9:45 and 2:15.
- Burlington Wastewater: 53 Lavalley Lane. Tours at 11:00 and 1:00.
- Essex Junction Wastewater: 39 Cascade St. Tours at 9:30, 11:00, and 1:00. For more information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, (802) 878-6943 ext. 101.
- Hinesburg Drinking Water: 149 Shelburne Falls Rd. Tours at 10:00 and 2:00. Contact: email@example.com, (802)482-6097.
- Middlebury Wastewater: 243 Industrial Ave. Open house 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org. (802) 388-6514.
- Montpelier Wastewater: 949 Dog River Rd. Tours at 10:00 and 2:00. Contact: email@example.com, (802)223-9511.
- South Burlington Wastewater: 1015 Airport Parkway. Tours at 8:00 and 12 noon. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, (802) 658-7964.
- South Burlington Stormwater: Farrell Park, Farrell Street. Tours at 9:30 and 1:30. Contact: email@example.com. (802) 658-7961.
- Champlain Water District (South Burlington): 403 Queen City Park Rd. Tours at 11:00 and 3:00. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. (802) 864-7454.
See you there!
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