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The City of Pocatello Water Department will be celebrating all things H2O with its 28th annual open house.
As part of National Drinking Water Week, the department will open the doors of its Water Operations Facility, 1889 N. Arthur, to the public May 6 through May 9. At the open house, attendees will learn about water quality, aquifer protection, conservation, and more. Refreshments and reading material are provided to the attendees with the help of the Idaho Water Education Foundation’s “Idaho Water Awareness Week” program and local businesses. Open house hours are Monday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“Adults and children will have an opportunity to learn more about the simple ways we can conserve water and protect this limited resource for future generations,” said Justin Armstrong, Water Department Superintendent. “The open house also provides attendees with a look at how the water system in Pocatello operates and what Water Department staff do on a daily basis to keep safe, clean water flowing to your tap.”
Water Department staff will be joined by representatives from the City’s Water Pollution Control and Sanitation Departments as well as the Science and Environment Division and the Bannock County Landfill who will help educate the public on the importance of environmental issues such as protecting our surface water, treatment processes, and recycling.
Since its inception, the open house has had more than 57,000 attendees. This program has won the American Water Works Association Pacific Northwest competition in “Water Education” and an Association of Idaho Cities - City Achievement Award.
Annually, the City of Pocatello Water Department delivers over 5.5 billion gallons of water to residential and commercial customers in Pocatello and Bannock County through 278 miles of water lines. Department personnel operate and maintain 21 water supply wells, 16 water storage tanks, 12 booster pumping stations and 42 pressure reducing valves.
For more information on the Water Department, visit pocatello.us/water.
The Water Operations Facility is accessible to persons with disabilities. Program access accommodations may be provided with three (3) days’ advance notice by contacting Skyler Beebe at firstname.lastname@example.org; 208.234.6248; or 5815 South 5th Avenue, Pocatello, ID.