Learning the Intricacies of Wastewater Treatment: A Field Trip for Fourth Graders

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

On a recent field trip to Licking’s Wastewater Treatment Plant, fourth grade students from Mrs. Candice Shepherd’s class gained surprising insights into the treatment process and the importance of wastewater management. City Utilities employee Derek Hammond, who is certified as a B operator, led the students on a tour of the plant, explaining the various purification filters and pumps that water used for personal hygiene, laundry, and cleaning goes through before being released back into natural waterways.

During their science curriculum on watersheds, sinkholes, and drainage systems, the students visited the wastewater treatment plant to learn more about how water is treated. The tour began with an overview of the three purification methods used at the plant: chemical, physical, and biological processes. Hammond then took the students through one of the pumping sheds where they were introduced to mist flies – harmless but abundant creatures that can sometimes cause problems in industrial settings.

Hammond answered questions and provided explanations about the equipment and steps of the purifying process, emphasizing the importance of not putting certain items into sewers. As part of their visit to Spring Creek beside the treatment plant, students observed that water released consistently shows a 98-99 percent waste removal rate – meeting state standards set by Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Overall, this field trip provided valuable insights into wastewater treatment processes and their importance in maintaining proper environmental standards.

Throughout their tour, Derek Hammond emphasized how crucial it is for individuals to understand how their actions impact their community’s sewer system. He shared stories about common mistakes people make that can lead to clogs or other issues in pipes. Students also learned about Licking City Utilities’ efforts to improve water quality through ongoing maintenance work and upgrades.

In conclusion, Mrs. Candice Shepherd’s fourth grade classes left Licking’s Wastewater Treatment Plant with newfound knowledge about how water is treated before it returns to natural waterways. This visit was an excellent opportunity for students to learn more about their role in protecting our environment by properly disposing of wastewater and understanding its impact on our community’s health and well-being.

As part of their visit to Licking’s Wastewater Treatment Plant, fourth grade students learned about tank water capacity and visible stalactites while gaining insights into how community wastewater is processed through natural channels. During this educational journey led by Derek Hammond from City Utilities’ Licking City Utilities department who is certified as B operator; they were introduced to mist flies during one pumping shed tour which are harmless but present in abundance.

The tour included an overview of three purification methods used at Licking’s Wastewater Treatment Plant: chemical, physical

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