The Fire Chief Project: A Missouri city holds its own “palooza”

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You’ve heard of Garden Palooza? Pet Palooza? Rock Palooza? All kinds of “paloozas”? They’re events held to celebrate some area of interest in a fun and ostentatious way.

The clean-water team at St. Joseph, Mo., held a Waterpalooza on Saturday, Sept. 28. It was a free event held as public outreach to call attention to clean water and water conservation, according to an account in the local News-Press newspaper. It was a sure way to further the aims of The Fire Chief Project:
· Raise clean-water operators to the status of the fire chief.
· Make kids grow up wanting to be clean-water operators.

Sean DeWeese, environmental services supervisor for the city, told the newspaper, “We’re trying to get people to realize what the city is working on and some of the obstacles we’re facing, as well as steps they can take to help ease the burden on infrastructure.”

The paper reported: “The hope was to blend fun activities and education about the water system. Through the event, locals could see where their tax dollars go and also what goes into getting clean water.”



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