ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – Orange Soil & Water Conservation District Vice Chair and Supervisor Daisy Morales (Seat 2) toured the City of Orlando’s New Water Reclamation Facility, Conserv II, ahead of its grand opening. Supervisor Morales, who is passionate about maintaining and improving the quality of life for Orange County residents, was impressed and highly inquisitive about the water reclamation process from wastewater.
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The City of Orlando’s Water Reclamation Division focuses on wastewater collection, treatment and environmental education. Its recent educational initiatives include informing residents of its new grease management program, which even comes with its own superhero: the Grease Fighter. The City offers a free plastic jug that residents can pour their used cooking grease into, which aids in the prevention of pouring the grease down the drain–the leading cause of sewer backups in homes. Residents can then take their filled jug of recycled grease to any one of sixteen locations in Orlando, which are listed on their website.
Supervisor Morales’s tour of the facility was a fitting sequel to her Earth Day Awareness Tour this year, which she hosted at the Orlando Wetlands Park in April. During that tour, the attendees learned the full cycle of Orange County’s water, including the water reclamation process.
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“[Supervisor Morales] was very interested in the water process. She asked a lot of questions, and took her time–she wasn’t in a rush,” City of Orlando Water Reclamation Compliance and Information Education Manager Athena Tipaldos told Florida National News in a recent interview. “I was very impressed with her.”
Tipaldos also shared the Water Reclamation Division’s most pressing educational point for Orlando residents. “Everyone is responsible for [caring for] the environment. It doesn’t matter if you live in the city limits or in Orange County.” She shared that the facility recently hosted a tour of students from Asia, and the same message was conveyed to them. “One environment, one planet,” Tipaldos said. “It’s for us to leave for the future. It’s not just for regulators or elected officials or corporations, even though they too have a responsibility. We’re all responsible.”
“I enjoyed the tour very much. The staff was patient and helpful and answered all of my questions,” said Supervisor Morales. “I’ll definitely plan to do more tours there and share the City’s water education program with my constituents.” This is a great opportunity for the public to learn more about water conservation as well as environmental stewardship, Supervisors Morales added.
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