This Weekend: WaterWorks

Ever wonder what lies beyond our water infrastructure? Wonder no more. On Saturday, Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and its city partners are hosting an afternoon of hands-on activities and workshop at the Southeast Wastewater Treatment Plant. The plan is located at 750 Phelps Street.

The planned activities for the day include:

  • Interactive zones where you can learn about emergency preparedness, conservation, investment and workforce and pollution prevention. There is also a Kids’ Zone with fun, educational hands-on activities and an interactive walking event where you can get a behind-the-scenes plant and water-wise gardening tour.
  • Event workshops. These include:
    • “Making Every Drop Count”: an introductory talk that shows the many ways to save water in our yards, surveying different watering solutions and how they can be combined. This will also include an introduction to innovative sprinkler and drip-irrigation solutions, as well as system automation.
    • “Turning Waste Into Plenty”: a look at rainwater and graywater systems that can lower demand on the city’s water delivery and sewer systems. Attendees will learn how to save rain and recharge groundwater, keeping once-used water to water plants. The city’s Laundry to Landscape program will also be highlighted.

All attendees will be entered into a raffle to win a water-efficient toilet worth $250. Think about it. It would be a great Christmas gift!

For more information, visit the WaterWorks page or call (415) 554-3289. The event is free, but you need to reserve tickets through EventBrite. Do it today – you don’t want to miss out on the water-related event of the century (or perhaps this weekend)!

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