School's closed, but the water still flows

Join us during the month of May to learn about where your drinking water comes from, where wastewater goes, and what you can do to protect Vermont’s water resources.

School’s closed, but the water still flows

Join us during May to learn about where your drinking water comes from, where wastewater goes, and what you can do to protect Vermont’s water resources.

Zoom-a-Water-Scientist

Join us Wednesdays in May for online learning with a water resources professional.

I

Learn

Explore Vermont’s water resources with videos, articles, and activities.

Careers

Learn about essential jobs in the drinking water and wastewater industries.

Zoom-a-Water-Scientist

Join us Wednesdays in May for online learning with a water resources professional.

I

Learn

Explore Vermont’s water resources with videos, articles, and activities.

Careers

Learn about essential jobs in the drinking water and wastewater industries.

Zoom-a-Water-Scientist

Join us Wednesdays at noon for a free Zoom session to learn about drinking water and wastewater in Vermont.

 

Upcoming Sessions

Wednesday, May 27

Scientist: Megan Moir
Job: Water Resources Division Director for the City of Burlington
Sign up »

Can’t use Zoom?
We’ll also be streaming on YouTube Live. Recordings will be available on our YouTube Channel.

Want more Zoom-a-Scientist? 
Check out the series offered by Lake Champlain Sea Grant

Past Sessions

Drinking Water 101 (May 6)

Scientist: Liz Royer

Stormwater & Wastewater (May 13)

Scientist: Chelsea Mandigo

Private Drinking Water (May 20)

Scientist: Sille Larsen

Vermont’s Water Resources

Drinking Water & Wastewater

Drinking water facilities take water from a lake, river, or well and make sure it is safe for people to use and drink.

About a third of Vermonters get their water from a private well. The other two-thirds get their water from one of Vermont’s 413 community water systems.

Wastewater treatment plants collect collect used water and solids from homes, businesses, and industry. The water undergoes a series of treatments to remove physical, chemical, and biological contaminants. The treated water is then returned to lakes, rivers, and groundwater.

In Vermont, 92 municipal wastewater treatment facilities process more than 15 billion gallons of wastewater per year.

Wastewater treatment plants collect collect used water and solids from homes, businesses, and industry. The water undergoes a series of treatments to remove physical, chemical, and biological contaminants. The treated water is then returned to lakes, rivers, and groundwater.

In Vermont, 92 municipal wastewater treatment facilities process more than 15 billion gallons of wastewater per year.

Help protect Vermont’s water resources

Drinking water operators and wastewater operators are working hard to provide you with clean water. Help them out by following these practices at home.

Don’t flush anything besides the 3 Ps: pee, poop, and toilet paper.

Even wipes labled flushable will cause clogs.

Don’t flush or pour chemicals down the drain.

Bleach, cleaning products, and medications should be taken to your municipal hazardous waste collection.

Don’t pour cooking grease or oils down the drain.

Fats cause clogs. Before washing the dishes, wipe off oil and grease with a paper towel and throw it in the trash.

Is your house on a septic system?

Follow these tips to protect your water—and save money!

Click here to download the guide.

View full infographic
Credit: Eric Harvey

 

Tap water is cheaper than bottled water and uses less resources. And bottled water is often exactly the same as tap water!

If you live in Montpelier, it would cost you $1,800 to purchase enough bottles of Dasani for one person to drink 8 glasses per day for a year. The same amount of tap water from the City of Montpelier would cost $1.55 for a year.

Videos

Champlain Water District Tour

Watch how water from Lake Champlain becomes drinking water
 

Preventing Water Pollution

Learn how to protect our drinking water

Wastewater Tour

Tour the South Burlington Wastewater Treatment Facility.

How a Well Works

Learn how private wells deliver water to your house

Inspecting a Well

Scientists use a nano camera to check for water pollution

Line Location in Richmond

Richmond Water Resources uses a line locator to find old water pipes before a construction project

Septage Receiving in Richmond

Richmond Water Resources demonstrates the first step in processing wastewater from septic tanks

How much water do you use each day?

Watch the Milk Jug Challenge!

Water Testing in Richmond

Richmond Water Resources demonstrates how to test the pH of drinking water

Drinking Water Week is May 3 – 9, 2020!

Drinking Water Week Poster Contest

This year’s theme is “Water Sustains…”
Over 90 students submitted artwork to the contest. The winners received a Vermont State Park annual pass.

4th Grade Winner

5th Grade Winner

6th Grade Winner

4th Grade Winner

5th Grade Winner

6th Grade Winner

Activities

Coloring Page

eBook

Read the Story
then go outside on a stormdrain scavenger hunt!
Thanks to New England Water Environment Association

Careers in Water

Water utilities are responsible for protecting the health and safety of Vermont’s communities and environment. Operators of drinking water facilities provide safe drinking water to the public. Operators of wastewater treatment plants ensure that clean, treated water is released back into the state’s rivers, lakes, and groundwater.

Like many industries in Vermont, water utilities are facing a worker shortage. Many operations specialists at drinking water and wastewater treatment plants across the state are approaching retirement age, so there will be many jobs available in the next few years.

Water resources is a good field for you if you like to work with your hands, if you like science, if you want to contribute to your community, and if you don’t mind getting dirty.

See what people are saying about their jobs in water resources

Tyler Booska

Corrina Parnapy

Operator-In-Training
Read Interview »