4/30/24 Email Update

Public Outreach about New PFAS Regulations

Following the announcement of EPA’s new PFAS regulations, there have been a lot of news stories about PFAS in drinking water. Water systems should be prepared to answer questions from reporters and customers about PFAS and the new regulations. You may also consider proactive outreach, such as a press release to local media or a letter to customers.

To help water systems with public outreach, Vermont Rural Water has put together template messaging that water systems can use.

Learn more about EPA’s new regulations and view the template at vtruralwater.org/public-outreach-pfas

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Volunteers Needed for Field Trip

The Vermont Drinking Water Week Committee is looking for a few more volunteers to help at a field trip on May 17 at Norwich University. Students in grades 4 through 6 will be visiting activity stations to learn about different aspects of water. This is a great way to increase public awareness about water and inspire the next generation of water and wastewater workers!

Volunteer positions include:

  • Lead a station – teach a lesson/activity. You can use one of our activities (we will provide materials and instructions) or develop your own activity. Each lesson lasts about 25 minutes.
  • Assist a station – someone else will teach the lesson, you provide assistance as needed.
  • Chaperone a group – guide students as they transition between stations, provide assistance as needed.

There will be a free pizza lunch for volunteers, as well as snacks and coffee.

If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the short form at https://forms.gle/noPBfMP7gimN2w159 or email vermontdrinkingwaterweek@gmail.com