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Public Communications (MS-11)
614 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA
Phone: 360.337.4598
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: September 23, 2009
Contact: Doug Bear, Public Communications Manager
Phone: 360-337-5777
No: 09-51

Groundbreaking Public Television Documentary, "Liquid Assets: The Story of Our Water Infrastructure" to Air on BKAT

(Port Orchard, WA) – BKAT, Kitsap County’s community access channel, is airing the national documentary "Liquid Assets: The Story of Our Water Infrastructure" beginning September 30th.

"Liquid Assets" tells the story of essential infrastructure systems: drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater. These complex and aging systems—some in the ground for more than 100 years—are critical for basic sanitation, public safety, economic development, and a host of other necessities of life. The documentary highlights communities from across the United States, providing an understanding of hidden water infrastructure assets, demonstrating watershed protection approaches, and illustrating twenty-first century solutions.

"We see this documentary as a catalyst for community discussions about local water infrastructure and other important civic issues," said Charlotte Garrido, Chair of the County’s Board of Commissioners. “We hope you’ll watch and then help develop solutions that protect our water resources,” she said.

"The goal of this public service media project is to stimulate community discussion and bring this issue into the public consciousness using television as a catalyst," said executive producer of the documentary, Tom Keiter. "We want 'Liquid Assets' to be more than just a broadcast." To that end Kitsap County has developed a web site designed to collect comments from viewers. Go to kitsapgov.com and click on the Liquid Assets icon.

“We are facing some very difficult decisions on how to protect and maintain infrastructure in Kitsap County,” said Garrido. “We’re interested in hearing thoughts and ideas from local residents as we continue the long-range planning to ensure viable water resources in the future,” she said.

The program is being broadcast according to this schedule:
Wednesday, September 30th 10:00 a.m.
Saturday, October 3rd 11:00 a.m.
Friday, October 9th 3:30 p.m.
Monday, October 12th 10:00 p.m.

About “Liquid Assets
"Liquid Assets" is a production of Penn State Public Broadcasting, WPSU. Executive Producer: Tom Keiter. Project Director: Melanie Doebler. Producer: Stephanie Ayanian. Writers/Directors: Stephanie Ayanian and Mark Cooper. Project Manager: Elaine Brzycki. Director of Photography: Ryan Witt. Editor: Greg Feinberg. Development Executives: Melanie Doebler and Elaine Brzycki. Major funding for the "Liquid Assets" documentary was provided by the Colcom Foundation, with additional funding from the Associated General Contractors of America, the American Society of Civil Engineers and its Environmental & Water Resources Institute, Insituform Technologies, and the National Association of Clean Water Agencies.

Support for community outreach efforts was provided by National Association of Water Companies, Water Environment Federation, Uni-Bell PVC Pipe Association, 3 Rivers Wet Weather, American Public Works Association, American Water Works Association, CH2M HILL, Ductile Iron Pipe Research Association, Gannett Fleming, National Association of Sewer Service Companies, National Utility Contractors Association, Northwest Pipe Company, and Plastics Pipe Institute.

About BKAT
BKAT is Kitsap County's local cable access channel. BKAT reaches 50,000 cable subscribers in Kitsap County on channel 3 (Wave Cable) and channel 12 (Comcast). BKAT is a PEG channel; serving the Public, Education and Government. BKAT broadcasts Kitsap County Commissioners meetings, City council meetings for Bremerton, Port Orchard and Poulsbo, as well as local school district and community college sporting events and news. BKAT offers County residents the opportunity to take classes in field production, studio production and editing where thy learn how to make television programming. Once you learn to operate BKAT equipment you are able to volunteer with BKAT and assist with productions in the studio and field. Call 360-308-0139 or visit www.bkat.org for more information.

About WPSU
WPSU, Penn State Public Broadcasting is part of Penn State Outreach, the largest unified outreach organization in the world. As a broadcaster licensed to one of the largest land grant research universities in the country, WPSU is committed to the concept of public service media: developing non-commercial programming on important societal issues and helping to foster community discussions in concurrence with the broadcast. "Liquid Assets" originated from conversations between Penn State Public Broadcasting and the Penn State Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

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To contact the Public Communications Manager, 
call Doug Bear at 360-337-4598 or email: dbear@co.kitsap.wa.us

Last Updated:  May 27, 2014