On May 30, Johnson’s wastewater treatment plant will host an open house and tours of the facility.

Admission is free, and Vermonters of all ages are invited for a firsthand introduction to the science, tech and human dedication that protect the public health and keep Vermont’s rivers and lakes clean. 

The event is part of Water Quality Day, proclaimed every year since 2014 by Govs. Shumlin and Scott to honor Vermont’s drinking water and wastewater systems and the professionals who operate them.

In his 2019 proclamation, Gov. Phil Scott described these systems as Vermont’s “most critical barriers against water pollution and the most essential protectors of the public health.” They also constitute the largest and most valuable — yet least visible — infrastructure that cities and towns own.

Visitors will see the many processes — filtration, treatment, biodigestion, testing and more — required to make wastewater safe to release back into natural waterways.

They will also get a sense of the staggering volume of water processed by community water systems in Vermont: about 45 million gallons per day, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, all of it treated before use to make it safe to drink, and all of it treated again in wastewater facilities.

The Johnson Wastewater Treatment Facility at 110 Sewer Plant Road will be open to the public May 30 between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., with tours at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Info: Daniel Copp, chief operator, 802-888-3138; gmwea.org.

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