Local treatment plants open for tours
VERMONT- On May 30, water and wastewater treatment plants in Wilmington, Brattleboro, Bennington, Stratton, and Bellows Falls will join other facilities statewide to host open houses and facility tours. Attendance is free, and Vermonters of all ages are invited for a firsthand introduction to the science, high-tech, and human dedication that protect the public health and keep Vermont’s rivers and lakes clean.
The events are part of Water Quality Day, to honor Vermont’s drinking water and wastewater systems and the professional community that operates them.
Visitors will see the many processes – filtration, UV light exposure, chemical treatment, sedimentation, biodigestion, testing, computer monitoring, and more – required to make wastewater safe to release back into natural waterways. They will also get a sense of the staggering volume of water processed by community water systems in Vermont: about 45 million gallons per day, according to the US Geological Survey, all of it treated before use to make it safe to drink, and all of it treated again in wastewater facilities.
Wilmington’s Wastewater Treatment Plant, at 59 Fairview Avenue, will hold tours at 10 am, 11 am, and 2 pm. For more information contact John Lazelle, senior manager, at (802) 464-4501 or email@example.com .
Brattleboro Wastewater Treatment Facility, at 340 Riverside Drive, will be open to the public from 8 am to 4 pm. For more information contact Harvey Dix, chief operator, at (802) 257-2318 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bennington’s Water Treatment Facility, at 1378 Vermont Route 9, will hold an open house from 10 am to 2 pm. For more information contact Larry Gates, assistant director, Department of Public Works, at (802) 447-9707 or email@example.com.
Stratton Mountain/Winhall-Stratton Fire District Wastewater Facility, at 9 Orcutt Meadow Road, will hold tours at 10 am, 11 am, and 1 pm. For more information contact Margaret Dwyer, senior manager, at (802) 297-9592 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rockingham-Bellows Falls Wastewater Treatment Plant, at 80 Mill Street, will hold its open house from 9 am to 1 pm. For more information contact Rob Wheeler, chief operator, at (802) 376-6483 or email@example.com.
The facilities are among 19 plants open to the public on Water Quality Day. For information on all tour schedules and locations visit www.gmwea.org/water-quality-day.html.