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Raleigh's WaterFest takes a conservative twist

Posted May 6, 2008

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— The City of Raleigh's annual celebration of clean drinking water will take on a twist this year.

The 13th annual WaterFest will focus on conservation, Ed Buchan, water conservation specialist with the city's Public Utilities Department, said Tuesday.

The festival runs from Tuesday through Thursday at the E.M. Johnson Water Treatment Plant on Falls of Neuse Road and is free to the public.

In previous years, kids who attended could participate in water-balloon fights and get blasted by water from fire department trucks. This year, the 3,400 students from Wake County public schools who attend will learn about the water treatment process, drought preparedness and wise water use.

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  • Pineview Style May 7, 2008

    "You have seen Rev Wright... he is anti-american, anti-white and hates almost everything. The baptist church is like a cult!"

    Careful, now. Rev. Wright is with the Trinity United Church of Christ, not the Baptist Church....

  • shellbelle May 6, 2008

    Ok, my son is going tomorrow with his school - they were hoping to get wet and have some fun... we'll see.

  • atac001 May 6, 2008

    bill52674: what do you mean Wake County is becoming worse that the Catholic Church? You mean a baptist church. You have seen Rev Wright... he is anti-american, anti-white and hates almost everything. The baptist church is like a cult! The Catholics at least try to fix there mistakes rather than play the blame game.

  • atac001 May 6, 2008

    If you want to conserve water, STOP LETTING PEOPLE MOVE INTO WAKE COUNTY!!! OUR WATER SUPPLY CANNOT HANDLE ALL THE PEOPLE DIPPING FROM IT!!

  • bill52674 May 6, 2008

    Wake County is becoming worse that the Catholic Church. Soon you're going to feel guilty for breathing.

  • allison842 May 6, 2008

    "kids who attended could ... get blasted by water from fire department trucks."

    Wasn't this an abuse tactic used against people during the Civil Rights era? That does not sound like fun to me!!

  • ncsudan May 6, 2008

    I think this is a great idea. The children are going with SCHOOL, they should LEARN something. But hey we have a dropout rate to emabarass most countries, so why start teaching now. Just go ahead and socially promote children who can't read and write so they don't have their feelings hurt. These are CHILDREN, they should be doing what they are told. If they don't like it, give them the back of a hand. SLAP.

  • dmccall May 6, 2008

    So instead of having fun with water, we'll be dragged through a massive guilt complex for even thinking of using the stuff. I'll be the first one there.

  • 1Rx4FN May 6, 2008

    Sounds like a place I would want to be on a sunny and warm spring day.

    Is it wrong that the water stains your clothes after this event?

  • dianadarling May 6, 2008

    Oh that sounds like a lot of fun