Warmer temperatures mean it’s time to get outside and enjoy the region’s rivers. Spring and summer always seem to fly by, so it’s not too early to start making plans for the city’s biggest river party, the EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta, which will be held August 3-5.
For the second consecutive year, ALCOSAN is sponsoring the regatta’s Anything That Floats Race, a spectacle of engineering acumen (or miscalculation) driven by people power. Last year, ALCOSAN’s team of volunteers constructed and propelled a craft that looked as if the participants were seated on toilets, and they moved the boat using paddles fitted with toilet seat lids.
The race is about fun, which is why ALCOSAN used it as a way to join the jokes we’ve all heard about our wastewater treatment plant being “the poop factory.” Of course, that’s backward. Sure, “the poop” and all of the other forms of waste that go down drains and toilets find their way to our North Side wastewater treatment plant, but we don’t manufacture “poop” or any other kind of waste. We make clean water by recycling want comes in, removing the waste and returning it to the Ohio River. So we’re a “clean water factory.”
This is a 24/7 task, and everyone at ALCOSAN is committed to it. We share the region’s pride in the rivers that define us a region, and we are 3 Rivers Proud.
That’s why we want to encourage as many companies, organizations and groups as possible to join the fun in the 3 Rivers Proud Anything That Floats Race. Teams must register in advance at yougottaregatta.org or here.
I’ll see you in August at the regatta.