In honor of National Drinking Water Week, The City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department hosted the 14th annual Waterfest this week at the E.M. Johnson Water Treatment Plant on Falls of Neuse Road. According to Public Utilities Environmental Coordinator Marti Gibson, the three-day event is expected to draw more than 2,500 local school kids. “It’s a wonderful educational opportunity to teach kids about all aspects of water,” she said. “We talk about watershed protection, water conservation, water treatment and all types of activities surrounding the protection of our water resources.”
Councillor Stephenson and I headed out to the Water Treatment Plant for a morning of education about all things water. We enjoyed our tour of the plant and extensive overview of the daily operations. Did you know our treatment plant processes 50 million gallons a day? Over four dozen booths were available for attendees to visit. This included demonstration of low-flow showerheads, stormwater collection, water treatment and filtration method demonstrations. Thanks to the Raleigh Public Utilities Department for organizing this wonderful event to help make our city services and water conservation education available for Wake County students.