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Clean Water Fest returns September 21

Aug 20, 2019 02:59PM
The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District once again opens the doors to help answer the age-old question, “Where does it go?”  Join thousands of fellow water lovers on Saturday, September 21 from 9 am to 4 pm (last tour at 3 pm) for the Sewer District’s Clean Water Fest and Open House.  The event will be held at their Environmental & Maintenance Services Center at 4747 East 49th Street in Cuyahoga Heights.

The annual event attracts more visitors every year; last year attracted more than 3,000 visitors. Guests can tour the largest wastewater treatment plant in the state of Ohio, visit the award-winning laboratory, touch the trucks and tour the sewer simulator, conduct experiments with mad scientist “Atom Beaker,” decorate a custom hard hat and more.  Also offered is face painting, balloon animals, and arts and crafts.

This year’s event footprint includes more than 70 hands-on and educational exhibits showcasing the work of the Sewer District and partnering organizations throughout northeast Ohio.  Customers can learn about the Sewer District’s Regional Stormwater Management Program and how they can qualify for credits.  Partners include:
  • Cleveland Metroparks
  • Great Lakes Science Center
  • Greater Cleveland Aquarium
  • Children’s Museum of Cleveland
  • Your CLE Watersheds
  • Bike Cleveland and Ohio City Bicycle Co-Op
  • Cleveland Division of Water
  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park
  • And dozens of area nonprofit organizations
Back by popular demand:
  • Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities has partnered with the Sewer District to collect plastic grocery bags.  Bring your bags to the Open House and receive a free reusable tote!
  • It’s a bike tour! Tours are at 10 a.m., 12 noon and 2 p.m. Preregistered participants can take a 5.5-mile tour of the Southerly Wastewater Treatment Center.  More info at neorsd.org/biketour.
  • Free ice cream and popcorn for all visitors. Food trucks will have food for purchase.
  • Social media contests all day long.  Tag #CleanWaterFest for chances to win.
Official stuff:
  • Tours are first-come, first-served.  Treatment plant tours depart every 15 minutes.  The plant tour is via bus with minimal walking, the lab tour includes science experiments and is a walking tour.  Visitors wanting to tour Southerly MUST wear closed-toe shoes for tours; hard hats and safety glasses will be provided.
  • Lab tours are provided all day long and guests no longer need to reserve a time slot.
  • Signs are posted directing guests to off-site parking; attendees will be bused to event.
Additional information is available online at neorsd.org/cleanwaterfest.