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  1. 9/26/2008 DISTRICT SUPPORTS TWO WATER RELATED PBS DOCUMENTARIES
  2. PBS will air two shows educating the public about water issues facing our country and region: water delivery systems and future supply sources the first week of October. 
    • Liquid Assets:  The Story of Our Water Infrastructure - Airs at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 1, on Rocky Mountain PBS, KRMA Channel 6
    • American Southwest:  Are We Running Dry? - Airs at 9 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 2, on Rocky Mountain PBS, KRMA Channel 6
     
    Liquid Assets:  The Story of Our Water Infrastructure:  This 90-minute documentary tells the story of our country’s water, wastewater and storm water infrastructures - systems essential for economic development and growth.  These systems - some in the ground for more than 100 years - provide a critical public health function and are essential for economic development and growth.  Largely out of sight and out of mind, these aging systems have not been maintained, and some estimates suggest this is the single largest public works endeavor in our nation’s history.
     
    Exploring the history, engineering challenges, and 21st century solutions and economics of our country’s water infrastructure., the documentary provides an understanding of the hidden assets that support our way of life.  Locations featured in the documentary include Atlanta, Boston, Herminie (Pennsylvania), Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Washington, D.C.
     
    Though Denver is not featured in the program, Platte Canyon encourages you to watch and learn more about our country’s water infrastructure.  Denver Water also will provide a local follow-up to the show on its Web site updating customers with information about Denver’s water issues and infrastructure maintenance and repairs.  In conjunction with the documentary air date, this information will be available on its Web site beginning Oct. 1.
     
    The documentary was independently produced by Penn State Public Broadcasting. For more information, or to see a preview trailer, visit: http://liquidassets.psu.edu/.
     
     
    American Southwest:  Are We Running Dry?:  This documentary film completed July, 2008, hosted and narrated by actress Jane Seymour, provides audiences in-depth awareness about the water crisis in the western United States.  Viewers will learn about land use planning and water needs of cities in the Southwest and how relentless drought and record low precipitation has affected water levels on vital sources such as Lake Powell, Lake Mead, the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta system, the Rio Grande and the Colorado River.
     
    The film demonstrates that many of the rivers in the American Southwest are at the lowest level ever recorded.  But it is the “Colorado that is the primary water source for about 30 million people,” says Gene Whitney, Office of Science & Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President.  “The bottom line is there is only so much water in the Colorado River.”
     
    “Land use planners have not done what they should have done,” states Ken Salazar, Senator from Colorado in the documentary.  “The only time people understand the importance of water is when they don’t have it.  The fact is that without water there is no quality of life.” 
     
    The documentary was produced by The Chronicles Group (Las Vegas). For more information, or to see a preview trailer, visit: http://www.runningdry.org/americansouthwest/america.html.

    If you have any questions concerning Platte Canyon's water or wastewater infrastructure, please call Scott Hand, Operations Supervisor, at 303-979-2333.