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West Virginia American Water to host family-friendly WaterFest

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West Virginia American Water will be hosting “WaterFest” on Saturday, Aug. 9 from the Kanawha Valley Water Treatment Plant, allowing residents of all ages to “experience the wonderful world of water.”

The free festival and open house will offer water treatment plant tours, educational demonstrations, children’s activities, face painting and refreshments. Attendees will be able to help “fix” a water leak, climb up on heavy equipment and vehicles used in the water industry, learn how a water meter works, and even help extinguish a “fire.”

“The feedback we’ve received from customers over the past six months following the Freedom Industries spill is that they are increasingly interested in how water is treated and delivered,” McIntyre said. “This heightened awareness of the value of clean, reliable tap water makes our WaterFest an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in learning more about our drinking water and experiencing the human side of water.”

The event will also host a Splash Zone, featuring water games, an inflatable water slip-and-slide, among other family-friendly activities. Several community partners, including the Charleston Fire Department, Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences, West Virginia Rivers Coalition and Dollar Energy Fund will be present in the event’s Water Wise tent, where they will host additional activities and share information about how various organizations work together in the world of water.

“This event allows customers to meet our professional team who works 24/7 to produce and deliver clean water to the communities we serve in and around the Kanawha Valley, while offering a family-friendly atmosphere where learning is fun,” Jeff McIntyre, president of West Virginia American Water, said in a statement. “It’s the perfect back-to-school event, because it will feel like a summer festival and kids won’t even realize they are learning the whole time.”

The event will be from 1-5 p.m. at the plant, which is located on Court Street in downtown Charleston. Parking will be available in the United Way parking lot at One United Way Square. Overflow parking will be available under the interstate bridge on Court Street near Donnally Street.

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