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Clean Water Services Operations Center celebrates Earth Day

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In most localities, including many of us in the Ozarks, these intermittent, ephemeral, or headwater streams represent a vital source for public drinking water. Nearly 117 million people across almost every region of the country get drinking water at least partially from these streams and stand to benefit from safer, cleaner sources. The streams stretch not only across rural Ozarks but also into several large East and West Coast markets like New York and Seattle, where 90 percent or more of the population depends on such sources for their public drinking water. Many Ozarks communities now face a looming shortage of water.

In most localities, including many of us in the Ozarks, these intermittent, ephemeral, or headwater streams represent a vital source for public drinking water. Nearly 117 million people across almost every region of the country get drinking water at least partially from these streams and stand to benefit from safer, cleaner sources. The streams stretch not only across rural Ozarks but also into several large East and West Coast markets like New York and Seattle, where 90 percent or more of the population depends on such sources for their public drinking water. Many Ozarks communities now face a looming shortage of water.

Public invited to Open House for new Clean Water Services Operations Building April 22

The public is invited to celebrate Earth Day with the dedication of the new City of Springfield Environmental Services Clean Water Services Operations Building 10-Noon on Friday, April 22 at 755 N. Franklin Avenue. Following a ribbon-cutting ceremony, there will be refreshments, facility tours and demonstrations.

This 12,079-square-foot building is built to LEED specifications and is the new home of the City of Springfield Environmental Services, Clean Water Services Division programs including Industrial Pretreatment, Fats Oils and Grease (FOG), and Private Sewer Repair. It also provides new offices and bathroom amenities for the City’s Franklin Avenue Recycling Center.

Construction costs totaled $2,756,585. The project was funded through the Clean Water Services Enterprise Fund. The general contractor for the project was Branco Enterprises, Inc., with Sapp Design Associates Architects; Colvin Jones Davis LLC; J&M Engineering and Olsson Associates.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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