Learning the Fascinating Details of Wastewater Treatment: A Journey for Fourth Graders

Unlocking the Secrets of Wastewater: A Special Report by The Licking News

Learning the Fascinating Details of Wastewater Treatment: A Journey for Fourth Graders

Recently, Mrs. Candice Shepherd’s fourth grade classes embarked on field trips to Licking’s Wastewater Treatment Plant. During these visits, Derek Hammond from Licking City Utilities shared valuable insights with the students, providing them with a comprehensive understanding of the plant’s operations and importance in treating community wastewater.

One of the most significant aspects of the tour was learning about tank water capacity and visible stalactites. The students also gained knowledge about the different purification processes used at the plant, including chemical, physical, and biological methods. Additionally, they were introduced to mist flies during a visit to one of the pumping sheds, which are harmless but abundant in certain areas.

Hammond provided detailed explanations about each step of the purification process and emphasized the importance of not putting specific items into the sewer system. He also answered questions from the students regarding equipment and operations at the plant, ensuring that they fully understood how water is treated before being released back into natural waterways.

The field trip concluded with a visit to Spring Creek adjacent to the treatment plant, where water releases consistently show a 98 – 99 percent waste removal rate, meeting state standards set by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Overall, this trip proved valuable for students in gaining knowledge about wastewater treatment and its significance in maintaining a clean environment for everyone.

During these visits to Licking’s Wastewater Treatment Plant, Derek Hammond from Licking City Utilities shared surprising insights with Mrs. Candice Shepherd’s fourth grade classes. The students learned about tank water capacity and visible stalactites as well as their importance in processing community wastewater.

As part of their science curriculum on watersheds, sinkholes, and drainage systems, these fourth-grade students visited Licking City Utilities’ Wastewater Treatment Plant to gain a better understanding of how water is treated before it flows back into natural waterways.

Derek Hammond guided them through various filtration systems and pumps that process water used for personal hygiene purposes such as washing hands or doing laundry.

The students learned about three purification methods employed at this plant: chemical processes like chlorination or disinfection; physical processes like sedimentation or screening; and biological processes like activated carbon or UV disinfection.

During their tour through one pumping shed, they encountered mist flies – harmless but present in abundance – which were explained by Hammond as a common occurrence in such facilities.

Hammond answered questions from students regarding equipment usage and steps involved in purifying water at this facility while emphasizing not flushing certain items down toilets or drains due to potential damage caused by clogs or contamination.

Finally, they visited Spring Creek next to where sewage is discharged after undergoing treatment at this plant. The consistent removal rate met state standards set by Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MNRD), indicating successful operation.

Overall, these field trips offered an informative experience for fourth graders who learned more about how wastewater can be properly managed for environmental protection while maintaining public health standards.

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