Concord, NH – To celebrate National Drinking Water Week, May 7-13, 2006, the New Hampshire Drinking Water Week Coalition, in conjunction with the NH Department of Environmental Services, is sponsoring a water festival which will be held at the Keene Recreational Center in Keene. Over 500 fourth and fifth grade students from the Keene area are scheduled to attend. The event is open to the public free of charge, and will be held rain or shine. Drinking water is one of New Hampshire's most precious resources, and keeping it safe, clean and abundant through careful management and protection is vital to the state's economy and public health of its residents.
The festival will also include the finals for the New Hampshire Fourth Grade Water Science Fair which will include students from Harrisville, Keene, and Manchester.
Exhibits from public and private water systems, consultants, scientists, and government officials will be on display throughout the day and will feature information on water conservation, water testing, and keeping water clean. Students will also participate in hands-on activities to learn about the water cycle, groundwater, and nonpoint source pollution. The ever-popular drinking water tasting contest will pit several municipal water supplies against each other in order to win the title of best tasting water.
A special feature of the festival will include a performance by Matt Loosigian, of Earth Jams, Bruswick, Maine. He is a dynamic, spirited entertainer and teacher who combines the fun and art of music with the incredible world of science. He will perform music teaching the children the importance of water in our daily lives.
For more information about the festival please visit www.des.nh.gov or contact Jessica Brock at (603) 271-4071.