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On March 27 and 28, the Fayetteville Public Works Commission will host its most beloved yearly event. The 6th Annual Power & Water Conservation Expo is a free event focused on connecting with the community and teaching the public how to take care of their homes and the environment.
“We’re much more than just a power company or water company — we’re customer focused,” said Courtney Lucas, communications/community relations associate at PWC. That’s why the expo includes tote bags for the firsts 500 attendees and educational hands-on activities.
PWC sets up displays with on-the-job tools, like transporters and tripods, for the public to interact with. The company will also hand out free LED lightbulbs, which are more energy efficient than standard lightbulbs.
The expo will have all types of giveaways, Lucas said, including shower timers, dye tabs, tree seedlings and hose washers, which prevent leaks. “You can’t always hear a water leak, but that’s the biggest source of water waste at home,” said Lucas. Not only is a water leak problematic for homeowners, but it harms the environment as well.
“We care about the environment because … our water comes from rivers. It’s really important that that water is as clean as possible, (so) we clean it way beyond BPA standards,” Lucas said.
To encourage healthy home habits along with environmental friendliness, PWC will give out Fat Trappers and educate attendees on how to take care of pipes and drains. According to Lucas, fat trappers are plastic containers with bags inside that collect fat and oil and keeps it out of the drain. “Grease very quickly turns into a solid, and solid and drains are bad.”
There will also be a Kids Korner with fun and educational activities, not to mention Kidsville News’ mascot Truman the dragon. “It’s important to start kids young (and) get them in the habit of doing things now,” said Lucas, referring to environmentally friendly practices like turning the water off when brushing your teeth.
Along with these child-friendly activities, PWC will present its new Community Solar project, which is the first municipal power program to open in North Carolina. Participants can subscribe to up to five panels out of 3,384, which provide shared renewable energy, without having to install solar panels in their own homes.
A customer service table will be available if customers have questions about bills, HR purchasing, getting a job at PWC or doing business with PWC, and more. Several community partners will also participate this year, including The Salvation Army, Fayetteville Urban Ministry, the Fayetteville Woodpeckers and more.
The entire community is encouraged to come out and connect with employees at PWC. “Come in, grab your free tote, meet people, make connections, learn more about what’s going on in your community, play with some toys,” Lucas said.
PWC’s 6th Annual Power & Water Conservation Expo takes place March 27 from 12-9 p.m. and March 28 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at SkyView on Hay, 121 Hay St. Admission is free, but PWC asks that customers bring a nonperishable food item for Second Harvest Food Bank. Visit https://www.faypwc.com/pwcexpo to learn more.