New Hampshire Fourth Grade Water Science Fair Winners Announced
Winners from Manchester and Keene
CONCORD - Today, the New Hampshire Drinking Water Coalition, in conjunction with the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES), celebrated Drinking Water Week by sponsoring a water festival and science fair at the Concord drinking water treatment plant from 9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Over 350 fourth grade students from the Concord School District attended. The finals for the New Hampshire Fourth Grade Water Science Fair were held from 9 to 11 a.m. Students from Manchester, Keene and Harrisville presented their projects about different water topics to a panel of judges. The awards were presented by DES Commissioner Tom Burack. Congratulations to Sarah Fung from Manchester, who won first prize; Mia Anger from Keene took second prize; and Samantha Baron from Manchester came in third place. The trophies for the winners were donated by the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission.
Exhibits from public water systems, consultants, scientists, and government officials were on display at the festival and featured information on water conservation, water testing, groundwater pollution and keeping water clean. Students also participated in hands-on activities to learn about water. A drinking water tasting contest matched several municipal water supplies against each other in order to win the title of best tasting water. The winner of the best tasting water, as chosen by the students and their teachers, was Manchester. And, Steve Schuch of Night Heron Music, a story teller and song writer from Hillsboro, performed songs with water themes.
The water festival is supported by volunteers and donations from many organizations, including: N.H. Water Works Association, DES, Concord Water Department, Keene Water Department, Manchester Water Works, Merrimack Village District, RCAP Solutions, American Ground Water Trust, Granite State Rural Water, New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission, Underwood Engineers, N.H. Rivers Council, Plymouth State University, N.H. Department of Transportation, Merrimack County Conservation District, Art for Water, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Dartmouth Toxic Metals Research.
For more information about the festival, contact Alicia Carlson at (603) 271-4071.