Clean Water Tour

L to R: Ashijya Otwong, Jared Giacomelli, Alla Voytsikhovska, and Laura Palmese at the Hayden Bridge Water Treatment Plant.

We are fortunate in Eugene — when we turn the tap and pour a glass of water, we know the water will not make us sick.

In Bangkok, Lviv, and Tegucigalpa, citizens are not so fortunate.

Yesterday, ELAW Fellow Alla Voytsikhovska (Ukraine) joined Laura Palmese (Honduras), and Ashijya Otwongk (Thailand) for a tour of our local Hayden Bridge Water Treatment Plant.

Alla is a chemist who works for ELAW’s partner organization, Environment People Law.  Laura and Ashijya are attorneys pursuing masters degrees at the University of Oregon School of Law.

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Jared Giacomelli, EWEB Water Treatment Plant Operator, described how EWEB treats more than 17 million gallons of McKenzie River water every day to meet the needs of our local community.

“I will share what I learned with communities and our government,” says Alla.  “I am impressed by the monitoring and access to information, especially how test results are shared with the public through the utility’s website.”

ELAW partners are working with communities around the world to safeguard water supplies and protect community health.

If you would like more information about this work, please contact me.

Maggie Keenan
Communications Director

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