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DATE: May 15, 2017
CONTACT: Lara Hooper, (603) 271-4071

25th annual New Hampshire Fourth Grade Drinking Water Festival and Water Science Fair Winners Announced

Keene, NH – On May 10, 2017 students from Keene, Manchester, Westmoreland, Marlborough, Surrey and Harrisville schools participated in the New Hampshire Fourth Grade Water Science Fair. Finalists brought their impressive water science projects to Keene to compete for top honors. Students presented their research in front of a panel of judges. Congratulations to Anna Dumond from Keene, who won first prize; Greyson Ansevin-Allen from Keene, who took second prize; Kyleigh Reiss from Manchester, who took third prize and Maia Chretien from Keene, who came in fourth place. Honorable Mentions go out to Oliver Villa from Manchester and Oriah Holmes and Claire Holmes from Keene. Trophies were donated by Hudson Trophy.

Over 330 students from those communities also participated in the 25th annual New Hampshire Fourth Grade Drinking Water Festival. Scientists, engineers, consultants, environmental educators, water operators and artists from a wide variety of organizations and agencies from across the state led hands-on activities to share their expertise with students. Students learned about ways to keep water clean, how to test water quality, how to conserve it, about aquatic insects and animals, and how climate change is affecting water systems. Students also voted on the best tasting drinking water from a variety of communities. Concord General Services won the coveted Best Tasting Drinking Water Award.

The Science Fair and Festival are sponsored by the New Hampshire Drinking Water Coalition to celebrate National Drinking Water Week and are supported by volunteers and donations from many organizations, including:

Amoskeag Fishways
Aries Engineering
Cheshire County Conservation District
Granite State Rural Water
Harris Center for Conservation Education
Keene Water and Sewer Division
Lake Sunapee Protective Association
Lewis Engineering
Manchester Water Works
Merrimack Village District
New England Backflow
NH Department of Environmental Services
NH Department of Transportation
NH Public Health Laboratories
NH Water Works Association
Plymouth State University
R.E. Prescott
RCAP Solutions
Smith Pump
Squam Lakes Natural Science Center
Stonewall Farm
Sullivan County Conservation District
Thomas W. Haas Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
Underwood Engineers
University of New Hampshire
University of New Hampshire
and others.

For more information about these events, please contact Lara Hooper at (603) 271-4071 or

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