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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 21 (MLK Jr Day)

Monday-Saturday, February 18-23 (February Vacation)

Monday-Saturday, April 15-20 (April Vacation)

Monday, May 27 (Memorial Day)

Thursday, July 4 (Independence Day)

Contact Us

Administrative Office: 24 Webster Place, Brookline, MA 02445

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

24 Webster Place
- 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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