Alexandria’s three water system partners – the City of Alexandria, Alexandria Renew Enterprises (AlexRenew) and Virginia American Water – will host the third annual Water Discovery Day on September 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Four Mile Run Park (3700 Commonwealth Ave.). This free event will feature exhibitors, food vendors, family-friendly hands-on activities, giveaways and educational games designed to inspire a deeper understanding of water, our planet’s most precious resource. This is a great opportunity for residents and families to learn how the Alexandria water system works and how to support clean water and waterways in our community.
“Water impacts virtually everything we do, yet it’s all too easy to take it for granted,” said AlexRenew CEO Karen Pallansch. “Water Discovery Day brings water’s value to life for people of all ages through a number of hands-on activities, giving attendees a better understanding of their role in preserving our local waterways.”
Participants in Water Discovery Day can access the event at the Four Mile Run Park entrance next to Cora Kelly School for Math, Science and Technology.
Water Discovery Day activities will include:
- Tours of AlexRenew’s Four Mile Run Pump Station and its educational fence.
- Hands-on water activities by Virginia American Water.
- Touch a Truck with the Alexandria Fire Department (from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. only).
- Sewer Art Gallery.
- Make Your Own Slime.
- Pet Adoption.
Additional activities and event exhibitors will be named prior to the event.
“Fostering a healthy, reliable water system takes a great deal of collaboration and hard work,” said Barry Suits, president of Virginia American Water. “It’s our goal that Water Discovery Day not only illustrates how water is delivered, transported and cleaned throughout Alexandria, but also enriches attendees’ own appreciation for this precious resource.”
“Alexandria has a rich maritime history and our residents and many new visitors are rediscovering our waterfront,” said Yon Lambert, director of Transportation and Environmental Services. “Helping our residents deepen their personal connection to water and how it impacts them is critical as we seek to protect and enhance our waterways.”