There’s plenty to learn at the Prince William County Service Authority’s (PWCSA) Water Academy.
The PWCSA’s first Water Academy is a gathering of 30 area residents, and the program was “designed to educate the public on the importance of water and wastewater and to learn about the Service Authority’s daily operations,” stated a release.
Residents in the program participate in five two-hours sessions at PWCSA facilities, and “covered everything from the wastewater treatment process to how the utility maintains its water and sewer system,” stated a release.
During the program, participants also got tours of the H.L. Mooney Advanced Water Reclamation Facility and Fairfax Water’s Griffith Water Treatment Plant.
“I am amazed at how much work goes into us having quality water. I will never take it for granted again. I am surprised that we have prices as low as we do when you see how much work goes into it,” said Manassas-resident and program attendee Chris Pannell.
“I knew the basics like where water comes from and where it goes, but I have learned so much more in this program. There is a ton of information I leave here with after each session,” said Bristow-resident and program attendee Jason Richardson.
Education & Outreach Assistant Audrey Arnold has been very pleased with the positive feedback she’s received regarding the Water Academy this year and would like to see it continue in future years.
“We hope our participants will not only have a better appreciation of what goes into providing clean water and reliable and environmentally-friendly wastewater treatment, but that they will inform their family and friends about this terrific educational opportunity,” said Arnold.
This week, the first class of the Water Academy graduated from the program. Here’s a video of the ceremony:
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