Take a water treatment plant tour for National Public Works Week

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Join the District of Muskoka and the Regional Public Works Commissioners of Ontario (RPWCO) in celebrating 2018 National Public Works Week from May 20-26. This year’s theme “The Power of Public Works” showcases the important role that infrastructure and public works services play in all of our communities and the impact they have on our lives every day.

“From providing clean and safe drinking water to treatment of waste water and disposal of solid waste to high environmental standards, to building and maintaining roads and bridges, and to planning for emergency situations, Public Works employees play a critical role in the supporting quality of life in our communities across Ontario,” said Fred Jahn, P.Eng., Chair of  RPWCO and also the Commissioner of Engineering and Public Works at the District of Muskoka.  RPWCO is an association of 17 of the largest cities and regions in Ontario, who work together to share best practices, and advocate for appropriate federal and provincial investment and policies to support safe and effective public infrastructure.

2018 is the 58th year that the Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA) and the American Public Works Association (APWA) have celebrated National Public Works Week together. The goal is to educate the public about the importance of public infrastructure and services and recognize the contributions of public works professionals and employees.

“Our Engineering and Public Works employees are highly skilled professionals who are dedicated to building and maintaining the essential services that the public relies on,” explained Fred Jahn. “Each time you take out your recycling, or drive up to a traffic light, or drink a glass of water, our Public Works team has ensured that these essential services and infrastructure are in a condition to serve you effectively and safely.”

Join these Public Open Houses at these Muskoka landfills, water treatment plants and wastewater treatment plants on Friday May 25, 2018 (tours available from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.):

Rosewarne Landfill Site, Bracebridge
Kirby’s Beach Water Treatment Plant, Bracebridge
Muskoka Beach Wastewater Treatment Plant, Gravenhurst
Fairyview Water Treatment Plant, Huntsville
Medora Wastewater Treatment Plant, Port Carling

“We encourage residents across Muskoka to participate in the activities and use the week to learn more about Public Works and think about how infrastructure and services impact their communities and their daily lives,” said Michael Duben, Chief Administrative Officer with the District of Muskoka.

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