Groundbreaking public television documentary ‘Liquid Assets: The Story of Our Water Infrastructure’ airs soon on CDTV

DEARBORN – CDTV – the city’s government access cable television channel – will air the national documentary “Liquid Assets: The Story of Our Water Infrastructure.”
“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.
CDTV is channel 12 on Comcast and channel 10 on WOW! The program will air at 8 p.m. July 17, 7 p.m. July 18, 4 p.m. July 19, 8 p.m. July 24, 7 p.m. July 25 and 4 p.m. July 26.
Accompanying the documentary is an online toolkit, intended to help facilitate local discussions. The toolkit, available at liquidassets.psu.edu, includes chapter summaries, discussion questions and other resources.
“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 Tom Keiter, executive producer of the documentary. “We want ‘Liquid Assets’ to be more than just a broadcast.”
“Liquid Assets” is available on DVD on through Penn State Media Sales for $24.95 plus shipping and handling. It can be ordered by calling (800) 770-2111 or by going to mediasales.psu.edu.
“Liquid Assets” is a production of Penn State Public Broadcasting, WPSU.
CDTV also is available online anytime at www.cityofdearborn.org. Look on the front page in the Government Section for the link to CDTV programming.

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.
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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