Scottsdale's Water Citizen Academy named Public Education Program of the Year

Scottsdale’s Water Citizen Academy has received a top honor as it was named the Public Education Program of the Year at the recent WateReuse Symposium in Phoenix.


Scottsdale’s Water Citizen Academy has received a top honor as it was named the Public Education Program of the Year at the recent WateReuse Symposium in Phoenix.

The academy, which is a program that educates residents about all aspects of Scottsdale’s water operations, planning and policies, includes classroom presentations and a first-hand look at the city’s facilities and daily operations, according to an announcement.

The academy also focuses on the city’s water reuse programs and a look at their Advanced Water Treatment facility which is known for being one of the most innovative water purification projects, according to the city.

“One of the most surprising things we learned this year in the Water Academy was when it comes to water reuse, you can take raw sewage in Scottsdale and in less than 24 hours you can have water that is the same quality as bottled water,” Academy participant Kelli Kuester said in the announcement. “I think something like that would take days or even weeks and the fact that it happens day in day out every day in less than 24 hours. That’s an amazing and very impressive fact.”

The city’s next Water Citizen Academy is scheduled for this fall; however, registration is full. Residents who are interested in attending the academy scheduled for this coming spring can email wateracademy@scottsdaleaz.gov

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