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  • Students learn water issues at Tucson Citizen Water Academy

    Mar 26, 2019 | Read More News
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    Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department, along with the City of Tucson and University of Arizona West Center,  held the Tucson Citizen Water Academy pilot program last week. 

    Held at the Water Campus on the grounds of the Agua Nueva Treatment Facility, the Tucson Citizen Water Academy provides an inside look at how citizens are part of the water cycle, examines drinking water supplies, explains wastewater reclamation, and describes research and innovations for the future. Academy

    The scheduling of the pilot coincided with World Water Day on March 22.
     
    About 20 Flowing Wells High School Honors Chemistry students attended the Academy with hopes of learning to help lead discussions on important water issues in the community now and in the future.  
     
    Tucson Citizen Water Academy focused on how small behavioral changes make a significant impact on water quality and the environment. The community service group seeks to educate residents on:
    • Methods to keep dangerous chemicals and items out of wastewater
    • Water Conservation
    • Storm Runoff
    • Products produced from wastewater treatment (biosolids, reclaimed water, etc.)
    Additional objectives included increased awareness of Wastewater’s role in protecting public health and the environment, as well as increased understanding of our mission, facilities, and operations to build support for wastewater rates, projects, facilities, and career path opportunities.
     
    Trevor Ledbetter from the UA Office of Sustainability was the event’s keynote speaker. Students also attended workshops with local experts and went on tours of the Agua Nueva Water Treatment Facility, the City of Tucson Sweetwater Wetlands, and the UA West Center Laboratories.