Monday, October 27, 2008

Look at the HIDDEN ASSETS Beneath Your Feet

Beneath our feet runs the unseen, complex network that powers our lives.
And it's crumbling.

Water. Where does it come from? Where does it go? We don't think about it much.
That's about to change.

Wrapping up the events and activities during October - Rhode Island Water Infrastructure Month - WSBE Rhode Island PBS will air two important programs on October 30, beginning at 8 PM (channel 36, digital 36.1, RI cable 8, DirecTV36, Dish 7776).

The first program, Liquid Assets: The Story of Our Water Infrastructure, is a national documentary that explores the history, engineering, and political and economic challenges of our water infrastructure, and engages communities in local discussion about public water and wastewater issues.

Then at 9:30, stay tuned for Hidden Assets: Rhode Island's Water Infrastructure. Take a look underground at the miles and miles of pipes - some buried more than a century ago - that comprise our Rhode Island water distribution and treatment system. Representing the full water cycle - drinking, waste, and storm - the men and women charged with keeping our water safe speak out.

This Rhode Island PBS production is moderated by URI Professor Maureen Moakley, and features local water infrastructure experts: W. Michael Sullivan, Ph.D., director of the RI Department of Environmental Management; Raymond J. Marshall, PE, the executive director of the Narragansett Bay Commission; Pamela Marchand, chief engineer and general manager of the Providence Water Supply Board; and Anthony Simeone, executive director of RI
Clean Water Finance Agency.

Local broadcast of Liquid Assets: The Story of Our Water Infrastructure and
production of Hidden Assets: Rhode Island’s Water Infrastructure is made
possible in part by WPSU Penn State Public Broadcasting, the RI Clean Water
Finance Agency, the RI Department of Environmental Management, the RI
Department of Health, the Narragansett Water Pollution Control Association,
and the RI Water Works Association.