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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

From the river to your faucet

Ever wonder how drinking water gets to your faucet?

Or how water from lakes, wells, and the Mississippi River is treated so that you can drink it?

You can get up close and personal with the water treatment process on Thursday, October 10,  from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Saint Paul Regional Water Services’ McCarrons Center treatment facilities in Maplewood.

The one-hour tour will give visitors a close-up view of how the water is treated, filtered, and pumped into the distribution system.

“The tours have been very popular throughout the years—most people are fascinated by what they see here,” said Jim Graupmann, manager, production division. “Few people have any idea of how their water is treated and actually gets to their home. This is an opportunity for people to see a process that is normally taken for granted.”

The walking tour will cover about one-half of a mile and require the ability to navigate stairs. Sturdy walking shoes are recommended. An adult must accompany all youths younger than the eighth-grade level on the tour.

In addition to the tours, there will be an open house in the administration building.

There will be refreshments of cookies and punch. The event is free.

Because there is no public access to the treatment plant, visitors must first register in the administration building to participate in the tour. The last tour begins at 5:00 p.m.

McCarrons Center is located at 1900 Rice Street, just north of Larpenteur Avenue.

Due to road construction on Rice Street during the open house, the public will need to enter on Sylvan Street from Larpenteur Avenue. There will be no access to the water utility from Rice Street.

Free parking will be available in the utility’s parking lot next to the administration building.

For further information, please call the SPRWS Customer Service office at 651-266-6350.

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