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Our Water, Our Health, Our Future: Brookline & Quezalguaque    NEW!

Co-Sponsored by: Brookline-Quezalguaque Sister City Project & Brookline Dept. of Public Health, Brookline Adult & Community Education, Brookline Rotary Club, Climate Action Brookline, Friends of Brookline Public Health

Keynote Speaker: Betsy Reilley, Ph.D.
Director, Environmental Quality, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA)

The Brookline and Quezalguaque communities could not be more different, yet safe drinking water is a concern in both communities. Residents of Quezalguaque in Nicaragua struggle with basic access to a reliable and safe water supply. They fear that their water supply is contaminated and may be contributing to an epidemic of chronic kidney disease. In contrast, Brookline’s residents have access to one of the safest drinking water systems in the U.S. by most measures. Still, residents install filters and buy bottled water to avoid drinking tap water. Join us to hear and learn about risks from one of Massachusetts’ leading experts on water quality with in-depth knowledge of both water systems.

Betsy Reilley is director of Environmental Quality for the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) and is responsible for sampling, reporting, and compliance programs to assure optimal water quality for 2.5 million residents of eastern Massachusetts. Dr. Reilley has a Ph.D. in microbiology from Clark University, and is the former U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya and worked on community water projects in her time there. The Brookline-Quezalguaque Sister City Project invested more than $80,000 and facilitated the investment of another $45,000 with support from the Brookline Rotary and Rotary International to assure safe drinking water in the Quezalguaque community. Dr. Reilley has served as a volunteer consultant to the Sister City Project clean water initiative and has made three trips at her own expense to Quezalguaque to provide on-site expert consultation and assistance.

Location: Brookline VFW, 386 Washington Street, Brookline



Classes will not be in session

Monday, January 18, 2021 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
Monday – Saturday, February 15-20, 2021 (February Vacation)
Monday – Saturday, April 19-24, 2021 (April Vacation)

Contact Us

Administrative Office: Baldwin School, 484 Heath Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Brookline High School (Evenings and Saturday): 115 Greenough Street, Brookline, MA 02445
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 150, Brookline, MA 02446
Email: bacep@psbma.org
Telephone: 617-730-2700
Fax: 617-730-2674

Hours & Locations

Baldwin School, 484 Heath Street,
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

– Monday-Friday: 8:30am – 4:30 pm
Brookline High
– Monday-Thursday: 4:30pm – 9:30pm and
Saturday: 8:30am – 2:00pm
Please note: hours may change during the summer and holiday/vacation weeks.

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