Dr. Dubey joins panel to educate ETSU community about water systems.

Contact: Joe Smith
April 4, 2011

JOHNSON CITY – As a prelude to Earth Day, the Department of Geosciences at East Tennessee State University is teaming with other local organizations to host a preview of a public television documentary, “Liquid Assets: The Story of Our Water Infrastructure,” on Wednesday, April 20, at 6 p.m. in the D.P. Culp University Center ballroom.

Following the 15-minute film preview, three local experts will participate in panel discussion on the region’s water system. Joining ETSU as sponsors of the event are the Holston Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Bristol Public Library, the Bristol Chamber of Commerce, the City of Johnson City and the City of Bristol (Tenn.).

The “Liquid Assets” documentary discusses essential infrastructure systems, such as drinking water, wastewater, and storm water, and how they are critical for basic sanitation, public safety, economic development, and other life necessities. Hidden water infrastructure assets, watershed protection approaches, and solutions to current problems are featured in the film.

Participating in the panel discussion will be Ingrid Luffman, ETSU lecturer of Geosciences; Dr. Brajesh Dubey, ETSU assistant professor of Environmental Health; and Tom Witherspoon, director of Water and Sewer Services for the City of Johnson City.

A second preview of the film will be held on Thursday, May 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room at the Bristol Public Library, 701 Goode St., Bristol, Va. Luffman and Dubey will again be part of a panel discussion and will be joined by David St. John, water plant superintendent for the City of Bristol (Tenn.). The May 26 event will also feature a children’s program with demonstrations and hands-on activities that educate participants about the water cycle.

All programs are free and open to the public. For additional information, or to request special accommodations, contact Dr. Arpita Nandi, ETSU assistant professor of Geosciences, at (423) 439-6086 or nandi@etsu.edu; Jennifer Moore at asce.holston@gmail.com or (423) 989-4187; or the Bristol Public Library at (276) 821-6148.