Science Pub Hillsboro

Date: Mar. 31, 2014 Time: 7-9pm Located at: Venetian Theater and Bistro, 253 E. Main St., Hillsboro
Who is this for: All ages Cost: $5 suggested donation

Science Pub Hillsboro

What's Under Our Streets? The REAL Journey of Water to your Tap.
With Catherine Howells, PhD, adjunct assistant professor, College of Urban and Public Affairs, Portland State University

You turn on the tap in your kitchen and fill a glass with lovely, safe drinking water, you bathe, flush the toilet, wash dishes, cook, fill the dog’s/cat’s water bowl, and water the garden. Nice -- we get to turn on the tap and have water at our disposal 24 hours a day 7 days a week -- year in and year out. Did you ever wonder how this basic, indispensable service gets to your house? Do you take it for granted?

Professor Catherine Howells will talk about how our local water utilities bring great Oregon water to every house, business, brewery, and barista. She will begin with our watersheds, move through the treatment processes, and lovingly describe the myriad pipes, valves, and pressure zones in the systems. History, public health, chemistry, and engineering will all be brought together, along with regulations and economics. It is a compelling story of our hidden infrastructure that keeps our cities healthy and functioning.

After peripatetic careers in academia (history) and international business (data communications), Catherine fell in love with water while living in Utah. She served as Water Agent for her town, where she managed the water rights and represented the Castle Valley watershed on the Utah Watershed Coordinating Council. She also helped the Castleland Resource Conservation and Development Council understand the broader issues of the Colorado River Compact and water in the west. Catherine now lives in Portland, where she researches, writes and teaches about the history and current state of water utilities and water resources. In addition, she serves on the City of Portland's Public Utility Review Board and is a member of the City Club of Portland’s current Research Committee on water and sewer rates.


Science Pub Hillsboro is a monthly event open to anyone aged 21+ (or minor with adult). No RSVP or scientific background required. Just bring your curiosity, sense of humor, and appetite for food, drinks, and knowledge!
$5.00 suggested cover charge. Tell your friends. We hope to see you there!

Questions? E-mail sciencepub@omsi.edu.