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Hartford – The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) will host a free one-day forum on May 8th to celebrate national Drinking Water Week. The national observance is recognized this year during the week of May 6th – 12th and celebrates the 33rd anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Titled “Drinking Water – Then and Now: Career Planning for the Future,” the forum takes place on Tuesday, May 8, 2007 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza in Cromwell. In recognition of the impending shortage of workers in the drinking water industry, the forum highlights the need for increased education directed towards career building in this field. Presentations will include the history of public drinking water and the evolution of public water utilities, as well as different career choices in the water industry and how to prepare for them. Various individuals from occupations within the water industry will talk about their careers. Exhibitors from the water industry and staff from educational institutions offering courses in related fields will display informational booths and discuss their material.

High school principals, guidance counselors and students across Connecticut have been invited to attend this event. Any additional school representatives that are interested in attending the forum may register no later than May 3, 2007 through TRAIN Connecticut at Registration is free and includes lunch. Please call DPH at (860) 509-7333 or visit their website at if you would like additional information.

Each year, national Drinking Water Week serves to raise awareness of the vital role that water plays in our daily lives and encourages public participation in protecting and conserving drinking water supplies.

The Connecticut Department of Public Health is the state’s leader in public health policy and advocacy with a mission to protect and promote the health and safety of the people of our state.

To contact the department, please visit its website at or call (860) 509-7270.