Merrimack Valley Middle School students touring Concord’s main wastewater treatment facility
a single day without access to water would mean for a community.
Concord Celebrates Water Concord General Services (the City of Concord, New Hampshire’s public works department) participated in the “Imagine a Day Without Water” campaign, hosted on October 12, 2017, by performing educational outreach on the importance of water and investing in infrastructure. Concord General Services promoted the campaign by inviting the community to celebrate water. Campaign information and ways for residents to celebrate were advertised across various media, including City website content, newsletters, press releases, water bill stuffers, and social media. The hashtag #ValueWater was established for this campaign and was included in all social media posts. The Value of Water Campaign also provided helpful campaign graphics and a video on their website that Concord General
Services included in their Facebook and Twitter posts leading up to and during the day of the event. A proclamation was signed by Mayor Jim Bouley in recognition of the campaign to acknowledge the value of water and importance of continued investment in infrastructure to protect water resources. The public was invited to attend an open house on October 12 at the City’s water treatment facility and main wastewater treatment facility to learn more about the community’s water resources. In addition, Concord General Services reached out to local schools to organize personal tours of the City’s water facilities. Approximately 180 sixth graders from Merrimack Valley Middle School and 54 high schoolers (part of the Concord Regional Technical Center) attended tours geared toward educational interests during the following www.apwa.net
week of October. The middle school students received a brief overview of facility operations, a demonstration of water equipment vehicles, and a water conservation exhibit. High school students of the technical center received a more detailed operations tour with more focus on the mechanics, technology, and skills required to work at the facilities. Both tours were well received by students and teachers, who now further appreciate and understand what happens to water before it enters and after it leaves their school or home. Reaching these students not only engages them to think about their water supply, but could also encourage them to one day work in the industry or become future policymakers to make a difference.
Concord Water Concord, New Hampshire, has approximately four million gallons of water travel through its water distribution February 2018
February 2018 issue of the APWA Reporter, the official magazine of the American Public Works Association