Oct 29, 2012

Portable Drinking Water Tank Revealed at Kids River Expo

The Water Wagon 150-gal tank provides access to emergency drinking water

Kids River Expo Missoula, Mont. Watershed Issues Mountain Water Company

Mountain Water Co. put into action the Water Wagon, a 150-gal portable drinking water tank, at the Kids River Expo held at McCormick Park in Missoula, Mont. The expo educates sixth grade students on the value of water and many other local watershed and natural resource issues. Mountain Water remains a strong supporter of water-related outreach and education to help people of all ages to identify local water-related issues, such as protecting water resources.

“As a utility, our job is to foster a safe, reliable source of water. Partnering with members of the community to educate our neighbors, especially kids, is critical," said John Kappes, president of Mountain Water.

Originally known as the Missoula Watershed Festival, the Clark Fork Coalition reformatted the full-day exploratory field science and watershed event. Students also participated in the "Kids Cleanup" along the Clark Fork River, picking up trash along the riverbanks.

Other community sponsors of the Kids River Expo include the Montana Department of Environmental Quality; Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks; the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation; Plum Creek Timber; REI; and the Captain Planet.

Kappes also pointed out that the company's Water Wagon has another critical function. "The Water Wagon provides community access to emergency drinking water," he said. "Recently, a daycare was able to stay open due to the wagon, using nearly 350 gal of water."