This week’s blog was written by Christina Abner, an intern at the WCO
It’s that time of year again where many Athenians and people from all over congregate for our local music festival “AthFest” and we will be there! The Water Conservation Office is participating in KidsFest where we will be making fun crafts that incorporate music and of course, Water!
So make sure to plan on joining us for one of the best events Athens has to offer
Water is not the first thing you think about when thinking of a music festival, but with a large number of people coming to Athens, it’s interesting to think of the logistics of it all. I know for a fact that AthFest and their crew are all about Recycling, but what about conserving water? I had the opportunity to speak with an AthFest representative, Jill Helme, and ask the cold watery facts about this beloved music festival.
When we asked Ms. Helme about ways they were conserving water at AthFest this year she mentioned that since it will be hot out there they will be using low-flow misters at KidsFest, and are going to try to use as little water as possible in other places around the festival. We hoped that there would be water bottle refilling stations for people who brought bottles but she said, “the city stopped letting us use fire hydrants to let people fill water bottles because they didn’t feel able to ensure the cleanliness of the line/pipes.” As an alternative to this Athfest will be selling bottled water at the event and will have recycling and composting containers throughout the festival.
People at Athfest can save water by reusing those bottles and recycling them when they are done.
Did you know it takes about 24 gallons of water to make one pound of plastic? That’s a lot of water! Recycled plastic requires less water to make water bottles, so “Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling” saves water too! In 2013 alone, the United States produced over 33 Million Tons of plastic and only 9% of it was recycled. Here in Athens we can do a lot better! So this weekend reduce your water bottles by reusing them, and remember when you are done with them recycle!!! We have the power to leave a lasting mark on our community by simply making better choices today.
We hope yall enjoy AthFest and remember to reuse and recycle your bottles this weekend. Here are some useful last minute quick tips as it’s going to be a scorcher this weekend!
A couple last minute quick tips from the water conservation office:
- We love our Puppy companions, but please do not let them come to AthFest! It is hot, and their little paws will burn on the hot concrete and will be no doggie watering stations.
- Wear sunscreen! It’s going to be hot, the sun dries out your skin and having a sunburn is never fun!
- Avoid heat exhaustion, “Stay HYDRATED”, bring a reusable water bottle to refill so when the heat hits 90 degrees you’ll be ready!
- One important reminder about Port-a-potties, they are not trash cans! Remember your 4 P’s because someone has to manually take out the trash from those things!
Have a great AthFest and stay cool!! See you there!!!
Special Thanks to Jill Helme, Executive Director of AthFest Educates for taking the time to answer our questions!
More information about the Nonprofit event: http://athfest.com/