Manchester Facility Tour to Reveal Hidden Water Systems
Manchester’s wastewater treatment plant will host a free public open house and facility tours on Thursday, May 30. All ages are invited for a first-hand look at the science, technology and human dedication that work to protect public health and keep Vermont’s rivers and lakes clean. Visitors will see the many processes required to make wastewater safe to release back into natural waterways: filtration, chemical treatment, sedimentation, biodigestion, testing, computer monitoring and more. They’ll also get a sense of the staggering volume of water processed – about 45 million gallons per day in Vermont, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
The Manchester Wastewater Treatment Facility is located at 136 Battenkill Lane, and will be open to the public on that day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with tours at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. For more information, contact Eric Severance at 802-688-4662 or [email protected]
The event is part of Water Quality Day, proclaimed every year since 2014 by Governors Shumlin and Scott to honor Vermont’s drinking water, wastewater systems and the professional community that operates them. In his 2019 proclamation, Governor 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 infrastructures that cities and towns own. The Manchester facility is among 19 plants that will be open to the public statewide on Water Quality Day. For more information on all tour schedules and locations, visit gmwea.org/water-quality-day.