The United Nations’ International World Water Day highlights the importance of freshwater and the sustainable management of freshwater resources. The City of Bellingham honors World Water Day each March with informational activities and displays that foster a better understanding of local and global water quality and conservation issues. The event begins with the annual Walk for Water, a 2.3 mile walk that symbolizes the distance women and children across the world frequently travel to collect water for household use.
This annual event celebrates the importance of our water resources through a multitude of activities that share information, inspire stewardship, and foster community. Held each September, Whatcom Water Weeks are coordinated by the Whatcom Watersheds Information Network (WWIN) and partially sponsored by the City of Bellingham.
The City of Bellingham promotes proper dog waste disposal at two pet events: the Dog Days of Summer sponsored by the Whatcom Humane Society, and the Paws and Claws Expo sponsored by the Alternative Humane Society. Information and activities encourage disposing of dog waste in the trash, for the health of our children and our waterways. Remember: scoop it, bag it, trash it!
Tours of the Water Treatment Plant and the Wastewater Treatment Plant are available free of charge to interested groups by request. Go behind the scenes with City staff at Whatcom Falls Park to see the process of cleaning our drinking water from Lake Whatcom. Visit Post Point to discover how we treat our dirty wastewater before discharging it into Bellingham Bay.
City staff are available to attend neighborhood meetings to speak with residents about issues of interest or concern. Please contact the Public Works Department for more information.