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Raleigh's WaterFest takes a conservative twist

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

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RALEIGH, N.C. — 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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