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Public Television Stations to Air "Liquid Assets" Documentary on Challenges Facing Nation's Water Infrastructure Systems

Release Date: 11/05/2008
Contact Information: Chris Whitley, 913-551-7394,

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(Kansas City, Kan., Nov. 5, 2008) - At least two public television stations in EPA's Region 7 are planning to broadcast "Liquid Assets: The Story of Our Water Infrastructure," a special documentary about the challenges facing the nation's rapidly aging drinking water, wastewater and stormwater systems.

Produced by Penn State Public Broadcasting (WPSU-TV), the program is being made available nationwide to all public broadcasting stations without charge. Currently two public television stations in Missouri and Kansas are scheduled to air the program, though others may choose later to carry it:

  • KCPT-TV, Channel 19, Kansas City, will air "Liquid Assets" at 8 p.m. on November 13, followed at 9 p.m. that same date by a special one-hour locally produced program, "Sewers: KC's 4 Billion Dollar Headache." On November 16, KCPT will repeat broadcasts of "Liquid Assets" and "Sewers: KC's 4 Billion Dollar Headache" at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively.
  • KTWU-TV, Channel 11, Topeka, will air "Liquid Assets" at 2:30 p.m. on November 9.

"We salute these stations, and Penn State Public Broadcasting, for making this program available to viewers across the country," EPA Region 7 Administrator John Askew said. "Water infrastructure is something that all of us tend to take for granted. But systems everywhere are aging, and many cities are already in crisis over how to maintain and improve their infrastructure, some of which is more than a century old. This program has the potential to raise consciousness about a very important issue, and prompt local conversations about how to address it."

A special Web site, , offers background information and discussion resources about the show, as well as a preview video trailer of the program.
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