NEWSBRIEF: Learn about your drinking water

St. Paul Regional Water Services is hosting an open house at its treatment facility from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, as one of several activities it will be holding as part of National Drinking Water Week, May 5 - 11.

Get to know the water you use every day. Take advantage of the chance to see the work done behind the scenes to ensure high quality drinking water is reliably delivered to your tap every day.

“Few people have any idea of how their water is treated and actually gets to their home,” said Jim Bode, production division manager. “This is an opportunity for people to see a process that is normally taken for granted.”

You will be able find out whether or not you have lead water service lines providing water to your home and see what lead pipes look like. You can pick up information on how to find water leaks, dye tabs for testing for toilet leaks,  and tips on water conservation. The utility will have activity books and stickers for children. You can find out about job opportunities at the water utility. Light refreshments will be served.

McCarrons Center is located at 1900 Rice St., just north of Larpenteur Avenue. Prominent signs for SPRWS and the open house will be located along Rice Street near the entrance. The public can also enter on Sylvan Street from Larpenteur Avenue. Free parking is available in the parking lot next to the administration building.

Meet in the lobby, entering on the west end of the administration building, to register for tours. Tours take about an hour. They begin at 2 p.m. and the last one starts at 6:30 p.m. You should wear sturdy shoes with closed toes, be able to walk about a half mile, and be able to navigate stairs. We welcome children accompanied by adults.

For more than 35 years the American Water Works Association and its members have celebrated Drinking Water Week as a unique opportunity for both water professionals and the communities we serve to join together in recognizing the vital role water plays in our daily lives.

For further information, please call SPRWS at 651-266-6350.

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