Episode 173: How Does Drinking Water Get to Your House?

Meet the Expert: Trip Barton, Engineering Manager for Illinois American Water

Trip Barton, Civil engineer

Trip Barton is an Engineering Manager for Illinois American Water with broad-based experience primarily including water and wastewater engineering projects and geographic information systems applications. Mr. Barton has over 30 years of experience in the public and private sector including work at two engineering firms, a municipal sanitary district, and a private water company.

Trip has BS and MS degrees in Civil Engineering from Bradley University and is a registered Professional Engineer in Illinois. He is also accredited as a Geographic Information Systems Professional and a licensed remote pilot.



Water clarifiers    pumping station

Water clarifiers remove waste from the water                   Pumping station for the water


Disney Water tower

A cool example of a water tower (courtesy Yesterland and Disney)




Challenge: Figure out how you can conserve water. Every time you brush your teeth, turn off the water instead of leaving it running. How else can you help? 

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When the World Runs Dry book by Nancy Castaldo


Highlighted Book for this Episode!

When the World Runs Dry: Earth’s Water in Crisis by Nancy F. Castaldo

What would you do if you turned on the faucet one day and nothing happened? What if you learned the water in your home was harmful to drink? Water is essential for life on this planet, but not every community has the safe, clean water it needs. In When the World Runs Dry, award-winning science writer Nancy Castaldo takes readers from Flint, Michigan, and Newark, New Jersey, to Iran and Cape Town, South Africa, to explore the various ways in which water around the world is in danger, why we must act now, and why you’re never too young to make a difference.




Book List: 

National Geographic Readers: Water by Melissa Stewart

Lakes and Ponds!: With 25 Science Projects for Kids by Johannah Haney (Author), Tom Casteel (Illustrator)

Over and Under the Pond by Kate Messner (Author), Christopher Silas Neal (Illustrator)

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