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Sharing the value of water with the communities we serve

Children on a plant tour, looking at wastewater treatment pools, as part of District education & outreach programs.

Each year, hundreds of people, including students of all ages, tour the plant to learn about the wastewater treatment process. We offer open public tours the first Friday of each month; groups can schedule personalized tours through our Pollution Prevention team. We also have a virtual tour option available. (In-person tours are currently suspended due to the pandemic.)

We are developing the plant’s Shop One building into a space for cultivating water connections. The building itself has had many uses over the years, and its next iteration is to support outreach, expand the boundaries of the treatment plant and deepen water stewardship in the area.

The District also engages in education and outreach activities to tell the story of water and empower community members to protect water. For instance, District staff bring hands-on activities to support community events, like the Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Area’s annual Harvest Moon event and the Madison Children’s Museum’s observance of National Poop Day.

Water is finite. We can’t create more of it, so we need to respect and value every drop we’ve got.

The One Water approach

The District embraces the One Water approach, which views all water – drinking water, wastewater, stormwater, greywater and more – as one interconnected resource that must be managed holistically and sustainably. This means that the District makes water stewardship decisions that take into account the past, present and future of the water we treat.

One way the District plans to promote One Water ideas is through our Shop One initiative. We are also committed to sustainability and incorporate sustainable goals and practices into District initiatives.

To learn more about One Water and how you can respect every drop, check out these resources:

US Water Alliance

The US Water Alliance advances policies and programs that build a sustainable water future for all. This organization is also the driving force of One Water.

The Value of Water

This campaign educates and inspires the nation about how water is essential, invaluable and in need of investment.