CONCORD — Manchester students took first and third place prizes, while a Keene student placed second last week in the finals of the New Hampshire Fourth Grade Water Science Fair.
Last week the New Hampshire Drinking Water Coalition, along with the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, celebrated Drinking Water Week by sponsoring a water festival and science fair at the Concord drinking water treatment plant.
More than 350 fourth-grade students from the Concord School District attended. The finals for the New Hampshire Fourth Grade Water Science Fair were also held, and students from Manchester, Keene and Harrisville presented projects about different water topics to a panel of judges.
Awards were presented by DES Commissioner Tom Burack. Sarah Fung of Manchester won first prize in the competition, while Samantha Baron of Manchester took third place. Mia Anger of Keene won second prize. Trophies for the winners were donated by the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission.
The festival featured exhibits on display from public water systems, consultants, scientists, and government officials showcasing information on water conservation, water testing, groundwater pollution and keeping water clean. Students also participated in hands-on activities to learn about water.
A water tasting contest matched several municipal water supplies against each other in order to win the title of best tasting water. The winner of the best tasting water, as chosen by the students and their teachers, was Manchester.
The water festival is supported by volunteers and donations from many organizations, including the New Hampshire Water Works Association, DES, Concord Water Department, Keene Water Department, Manchester Water Works, Merrimack Village District, RCAP Solutions, American Ground Water Trust, Granite State Rural Water, New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission, Underwood Engineers, N.H. Rivers Council, Plymouth State University, N.H. Department of Transportation, Merrimack County Conservation District, Art for Water, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Dartmouth Toxic Metals Research.