Going with the Flow: A Lifelong Journey of Water Education

Many people simply turn on a faucet or flush a toilet without thinking about how that water got there, or where it goes after it has been used. In today’s society, it’s very easy to take for granted that until the mid-1800s most families in the United States were pumping or hauling their own water for drinking, bathing, cooking, and more. Even today, access to clean water and sanitation services are still issues for people around the world.

The water sector needs strong public support to fulfill its crucial role in society. The key to this support is public education. And while this effort should start at a young age, education is a life-long endeavor. Our webinar shows how water professionals can engage with elementary-age students, college-age students, and other adults through several outreach activities to highlight the importance of water protection, treatment, and transport in their communities.  It will also provide actionable steps on how to be informed and get involved—as a student, consumer, potential water professional, and valuable member of society.

Speakers and Contributors: Ashley Warren, MWRD; Bashar Al-Daomi, Portland State University; Becca Erickson, South Platte Renew; Brian Hill, WEF; Jen Cobb, Henrico County; Joe Massimo, SUEZ; Palencia Mobley, Detroit Water & Sewerage Department; Paula Monaco, Plummer Associates; Peter Buehlmann, Brown and Caldwell; Wes Merkle, TriCo Regional Sewer Utility

This webcast is second in a five part Community Outreach Webcast Series focusing on different outreach activities. The webcast series and was developed as part of the final project for the Water Leadership Institute (WLI).