"Liquid Assets" examines cities' water infrastructure challenges and solutions
November 6, 2008
On November 13, Kansas City Public Television (KCPT) will present "Liquid Assets: The Story of Our Water Infrastructure," a documentary about our nation’s water infrastructure and stormwater management. Largely out of sight and out of mind, these aging systems have not been maintained, and some estimates suggest this is the single largest public works endeavor in our nation’s history.
"Liquid Assets" tells the story of essential infrastructure systems: drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater. These complex and aging systems — some in the ground for more than 100 years — are critical for basic sanitation, public safety, economic development, and a host of other necessities of life. The documentary highlights communities from across the United States, providing an understanding of hidden water infrastructure assets, demonstrating watershed protection approaches, and illustrating 21st century solutions.
Kansas City faces a substantial overhaul of water and sewer infrastructure. City officials, planners, community groups and environmental advocates are working together to address the needs of both the city and the region in upgrading water systems in ways that are safe, environmentally friendly and cost effective.
The 90-minute documentary is scheduled to air on KCPT at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 13. Immediately following this broadcast, a live panel of local leaders, planners, and water quality experts will participate in a discussion on how many of the practices and innovations showcased in "Liquid Assets" could help Kansas City and surrounding communities address regional water and wastewater issues. Members of the public are encouraged to join in the conversation by phoning in with questions or comments during the program.
Produced by Penn State Public Broadcasting (WPSU-TV) in partnership with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the documentary aims to increase public awareness of water quality issues and bring attention to concerns about our reliance on antiquated wastewater processing infrastructure and the need to ensure safe drinking water and healthy watersheds.
MARC Contact: Ginny Moore, MARC Watershed Program Manager
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