The Prince William County Service Authority conducted another successful Water Academy program this summer. 

The free, five-week session, which ended on July 24, educated attendees on the utility’s water and wastewater infrastructure, wastewater treatment and its role in protecting the environment. As part of the program, attendees received a tour of the H.L. Mooney Advanced Water Reclamation Facility in Woodbridge and participated in a hands-on water tower placement project with the Service Authority’s Engineering & Planning Division, according to a PWSA news release. 

Participants also learned about the wide array of diverse job and internship opportunities available at the utility. 

“The Service Authority did a great job of explaining where your water comes from,” participant and Hylton High School science teacher Susan Holczer said in the news release. “It was a really eye-opening experience, and I thought it was an excellent program.” 

One of 23 who graduated from this year’s Water Academy, Holczer said she hopes to incorporate a tour of the Mooney plant as part of the new environmental science class she’ll be teaching this year. 

Overall, 75 people have participated in the program’s three-year existence, the release said. 

“We are thrilled with the support the community has shown this unique program,” PWSA Education & Outreach Coordinator Audrey Arnold said in the release.

“We hope they walk away from the Water Academy with a better understanding of just how crucial a role the Service Authority plays in their everyday lives.” 

Registration for next year’s event will begin next spring.

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