Touring a wastewater treatment plant might not be your idea of a good time. But the Clean Water Fest, happening Saturday in Cuyahoga Heights, offers more than that.
As numerous events did over the summer, this year’s Clean Water Fest will celebrate the rebirth of the Cuyahoga River. A 1969 fire was not the first time the polluted river burned, but it helped establish the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1970. This past March, the Ohio EPA declared fish from the Cuyahoga safe to eat.
Besides the plant walking tour and open house, Saturday’s free event will include exhibitor booths, live entertainment and the opportunity to sit in Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District trucks and operate equipment. There also will be a 5½-mile bike tour of the Southerly Wastewater Treatment Plant. You have to register for that.
A couple of notes: You must wear closed-toe, flat-sole shoes as a safety measure to tour the plant. Also, construction on Canal Road has altered parking arrangements this year. Visitors will park at nearby Integrity Energy, 5711 Grant Ave. in Cuyahoga Heights, and be shuttled to and from the fest, which runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.