The Fire Chief Project: Come and Visit...If You Dare

Here’s an idea for next Halloween at your treatment plant

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Fire departments do special things for kids at Halloween. Until now I’ve never heard of a clean-water plant holding a “haunted house.” (Not saying no one has ever done it, just that I haven’t been aware).

The Cincinnati (Ohio) Inquirer newspaper by way of the cincinnati.com website) reports on a special Halloween tour event at the Dry Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, operated by Sanitary District No. 1 in Villa Hills, Ky.

David Rager, SD1 executive director, told the newspaper, “Dry Creek may not be haunted, but there’s nothing scarier than being responsible for treating 34 million gallons of sewage every day. Except maybe for what could happen if SD1 isn’t able to treat this sewage.”

During the run-up to Halloween, the plant is offering two-hour tours that take visitors through all the process steps. The tours will “highlight the scary things that have an impact on the treatment process and simple tips the public can follow to protect their homes and public health,” the newspaper reported. Visitors will get “trick or treatment” goodie bags provided through a major retail chain.

District staff members will be on hand to talk with visitors and a retired employee will assist with the tours, which will be held Wednesday, Oct. 23, and Saturday, Oct. 26, and are open to families and children age 7 and up.

Engaging with the public the way fire departments do can only help 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.

Read more at http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20131014/NEWS0103/310140080/SD1-hosts-Halloween-themed-treatment-plant-tours.



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