Sustainability Series: Water World – Portland Water District and the Natural and Built Infrastructure for Treating and Managing Water

Wednesday | February 24, 2021
5:30pm - 7:00pm

Location: Zoom
Audience: Adults

Join us on Wednesday, February 24th at 5:30pm for a discussion with Portland Water District environmental manager Paul Thomas Hunt about the natural and built systems involved in local and regional water management.

Water World – Portland Water District and the Natural and Built Infrastructure for Treating and Managing Water

In reality, water manages itself. Drops of water are carried in clouds. It rains and they fall to the ground around us. They infiltrate, flow, change state, and generally move downhill until finally reaching the ocean. This process is repeated ad infinitum. What we call water management is really intercepting some of these drops, using them, and then returning them to the flow. Paul will talk about the Portland Water District, a legislatively-chartered organization that is charged with doing some of this water managing for us, and give some examples of natural and built systems that are used for this purpose.

About the Speaker
Paul Thomas Hunt
Paul Thomas Hunt is the environmental manager for the Portland Water District. His group of employees is responsible for lake protection and security, environmental education and outreach, water security, industrial pretreatment, and operating two water and wastewater laboratories. Like all of us, Paul is part of the larger water management system in Greater Portland: he and his wife live in Cape Elizabeth in a house that is provided with tap water from Sebago Lake and from which wastewater is discharged – through a comprehensive water treatment system – to Casco Bay.

Full Zoom Info:

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Topic: Sustainability Series

Time: Feb 24, 2021 05:15 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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About the Series » Portland’s Sustainability Series: Leading conversations on Maine’s changing climate

Portland’s Sustainability Series is co-hosted by the Portland Public Library and the Southern Maine Conservation Collaborative. Sustainability is the endurance of systems and processes through time. The Portland Sustainability Series presents a diversity of speakers to share different aspects of the work moving Maine to greater endurance and sustainability. Please join us as we engage in these important issues and conversations!


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