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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE: September 27, 2011
CONTACT: Jim Martin, 603 271-3710

NHDES to Open New Drinking Water Operator Training Facility
October 4, 2011, 11:00 a.m., Franklin, N.H.

Concord, NH - The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services will host a ribbon cutting ceremony for a newly-remodeled, state-of-the-art training facility for water system operators at it Franklin Training Center on Tuesday, October 4, 2011. Ceremony details are below:

What: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for state-of-the-art drinking water and wastewater operator training facility.
The remodeled DES-owned facility is believed to be the only one of its kind in the country, whose design was based on suggestions from water system operators and training professionals. The new training facility is a fully operable, scaled version of a typical water system pump station, housed completely indoors, and utilizing a primarily closed loop to conserve water. This innovative approach provides for functional year-round training of water system and wastewater system operations personnel.

The project was funded by New Hampshire's portion of the Safe Drinking Water Act Expense Reimbursement Grant for the Training and Certification of Drinking Water Operators for small water systems.

When: Tuesday, October 4, 2011
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Who: Keynote speakers include:
Thomas S. Burack, Commissioner, NHDES
Jackie LeClair, USEPA
Steve Guercia, President, New Hampshire Water Works Association
Where: NHDES Training Facility in Franklin, Located on the grounds of the Winnipesaukee River Basin Wastewater Treatment Facility.
(Directions below)
Contact: To RSVP or for more information on this event please contact:
Jim Martin, (603) 271-3710 or james.martin@des.nh.gov
   

Directions to the Franklin Training Center:
I-93 Northbound: Take Exit 19 and proceed westerly (left) along Rte. 132 to Rte. 3 in Tilton. Go west (left) on Rte. 3 for approximately 3 miles through the center of Franklin. Take a left onto River Street (at Cumberland Farms Store). Continue straight along River Street Extension (past the pump station on the right) to the end of the street (~2.8 miles). The Training Center building is at the end of the street to the left of the Franklin Wastewater Facility building.

I-93 Southbound: Take Exit 22 onto Rte. 127 South through Sanbornton all the way into West Franklin. At Stop sign, take a left onto Rte. 3, cross the bridge (over the Winnipesaukee River), then take the first right turn onto River Street (Cumberland Farms Store at corner). Continue straight along River Street Extension (past the pump station on the right) to the end of the street (~2.8 miles). The Training Center building is at the end of the street to the left of the Franklin Wastewater Facility building.

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