(Members of the media are invited to join the tour to be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, March 10, at Cal Water’s Station 95, located at 7385 Riggin Ave.)
In recognition of National Groundwater Awareness Week, Cal Water will take two classes of Visalia high school students on a tour of its Visalia water operations.
The students are from the Academy of Engineering and Agricultural Manufacturing at Golden West High School and the Academy of Agricultural Bioscience & Technology at Visalia Technical Early College. They will learn about groundwater extraction, well and production operations, water quality, water treatment and how Cal Water gets water from the source to the tap.
“Despite the wet winter, we here in the Central Valley, and especially here in Visalia, know the importance of managing our water resources,” said Visalia District Manager Tammy Kelly. “Our potable water system in Visalia is 100 percent reliant on groundwater. Since Cal Water already has such a great relationship with Visalia Unified School District and we’ve become involved in VUSD’s Linked Learning Academies program, Groundwater Awareness Week seemed like a natural fit for something like this.
“We hope activities like this encourage students to explore careers in water service, water resources management, water quality and water systems engineering. Even if they do not pursue such careers, they can gain valuable insight into the intricacies of providing reliable, high-quality drinking water 24 hours per day, every day of the year, and hopefully we’ll all remember to use water wisely. It’s essential.”