Rialto Water Services (RWS) and Veolia recently welcomed hundreds of customers to its first-ever open house.

The two-day event included an educational fair in which 400 5th graders from Rialto Unified School District took part in science projects, saw water and wastewater equipment up close, participated in a poster contest and received lessons in water quality, wastewater treatment and more.

Vactor Truck
Students learn about the equipment used in the field. Here, a utility employee explains what a Vactor Truck does. (Hint: It sucks obstructions out of the sewer system!)

RWS and Veolia know that hands-on experience helps students gain a greater knowledge base about water and sewer systems, and might even lead to a career in Environmental Sciences!

Poster contest winners were Janet Sanchez (1st place) and Melody A. (2nd place).

A few days before the open house, Veolia also judged and awarded scholarships to three winners participating in the District’s annual Science Fair. Many impressive projects tackled the challenges of water use, re-use and water conservation.

The winners were (Elementary) Yan Victor Oyama; (Middle School) Kourtney Thomas & Hayvyn Smith; and (High School) Joanne Oliva & Anum Rathor.