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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: May 8, 2018
CONTACT: Lara Hooper, (603) 271-4071

Celebrate National Drinking Water Week, May 7-11

26th Annual New Hampshire Drinking Water Festival and Fourth Grade State Water Science Fair

[Editor's Note] -To recognize National Drinking Water Week, May 7 to 11, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services and the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services will be issuing a series of press releases highlighting the importance and value of drinking water to each of us in our everyday lives.

Concord, NH – On May 9, the New Hampshire Drinking Water Festival and Fourth Grade State Water Science Fair will be held along the River Front Park in Plymouth to celebrate National Drinking Water Week. The purpose of the all-day event is to educate students about the importance of our water resources, where drinking water comes from, and issues that impact water quality, and to show them how their actions affect the water around us.

Scientists, consultants, artists and environmental educators from public water systems, nonprofit organizations, higher education and local, state and federal agencies join together on this day to share their expertise with students. Through hands-on activities, interactive exhibits and live music performances, students explore information on water conservation, water testing, groundwater pollution and keeping water clean. Students will also taste water from a variety of municipal water supply systems and judge which system has the best-tasting water.

The event also includes the New Hampshire Fourth Grade State Water Science Fair and Award Ceremony. Students research a water topic of their choice, and create a display and presentation. Participating students are finalists from school and community fairs and will bring their impressive water science projects to compete for top honors. The projects are judged by professionals in the water industry.

Additionally, the first annual state Water Poetry Contest will take place. Students from across the state submitted poetry inspired by the theme "Water in our World." The top placing poets will read their poems to the participants at the festival and fair.

The event is sponsored by the New Hampshire Drinking Water Coalition in conjunction with the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services to encourage future leaders and scientists to learn about one of the world's most precious resources: water!

This event is not open to the public, but the media is welcome to attend. For more information or to find out about participating in future festivals, please contact Lara Hooper, NHDES Drinking Water and Groundwater Bureau at (603) 271-4071 or lara.hooper@des.nh.gov.




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