Local Government Awareness Week Highlights

Local Government Awareness Week and its companion event, National Public Works Week, are this week, May 19-25, 2013! Two UBCM members have undertaken some innovative programming to provide their citizens with a fascinating new perspective on the inner workings of local government.

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UV Light Reactors at Naramata Ultraviolet Water Treatment Plant

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) has created a section of their website to highlight Local Government Awareness Week (LGAW) and National Public Works Week (NPWW).

In addition, RDOS is offering free tours of the Naramata Water Ultraviolet Treatment Plant. At this state of the art facility, water is pumped from Okanagan Lake (a surface water source) to the treatment plant where it undergoes Ultra Violet Light (UV) treatment to neutralize waterborne pathogens such as Cryptosporidium and Giardia. The water is then chlorinated as a second level of disinfection and protection within the distribution system.

Ask Us Nicely, and We'll Answer Tweetly

The City of Coquitlam has also highlighted Local Government Awareness Week on their website, but things get positively interactive as they will be representing local government in the Twitterverse on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 from 10:00 am-12:00 pm. Coquitlam invites interested residents to submit questions via Twitter about how local government works. City staff will post a hashtag one hour before the event, and will provide answers directly in response to tweets.

Follow or join the conversation: twitter.com/cityofcoquitlam/

Coquitlam is also enlisting its younger residents to help launch their new and useful "Who to call at City Hall?" infographic, through a city-wide colouring contest. This simple infographic will help citizens, both young and old, find the correct contact at Coquitlam City Hall for specific service requests.

Children can download the colouring contest entry form on the City of Coquitlam website, or pick up a copy at City Hall reception. Open to children aged 5-12, the grand prize is a luncheon with the Mayor of Coquitlam, Richard Stewart.

The deadline for entries is Friday, May 31, 2013. Completed entries may be submitted at the City Hall reception desk; or scan and email entries to mhunt@coquitlam.ca.

UBCM salutes all members celebrating Local Government Awareness Week and National Public Works Week. Did we miss your local government's events? Let us know, and we'll profile them in a future issue of The Compass.

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