Tours reveal Vermont's hidden water systems


Brattleboro >> Ten water, wastewater, and stormwater facilities throughout Vermont will host open houses on Friday, May 27, proclaimed by Gov. Peter Shumlin as Water Quality Day. The public is invited for a fun and informative glimpse of the people, science, and high-tech of Vermont's drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater systems.

The Brattleboro Waste Water Treatment plant at 340 Riverside Drive will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In his proclamation, Shumlin said, "The storm water, wastewater and drinking water systems and facilities in communities around Vermont are the first and most critical barriers defending against water pollution from human activities and protecting the public health."

He praised water quality professionals for working "24/7, 365 days a year," calling them "public servants dedicated to protecting public health and the environment, who deserve the understanding and support of the Vermont citizenry."

Daniel Hecht, director of Green Mountain Water Environment Association (GMWEA) notes that "The scope of our water infrastructure is staggering. In the U.S., we rely on three million miles of drinking water and wastewater pipe – enough to go around the world 108 times. A citizen's shared ownership of public water systems may be the most valuable thing they own. In Montpelier, for example, each household is served by $169,000 worth of pipes and equipment, about $18,500 per person, adult or child."

For more information on the Brattleboro WWTP event, contact Bruce Lawrence, 802-257-2318,

Water Quality Day events are sponsored by GMWEA, Vermont Rural Water Association, and North East Biosolids and Residuals Association. GMWEA is a non-profit organization serving to protect Vermont's waters, promote public awareness of water quality issues, and support Vermont's water quality management professionals.


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