Exploring the Wonders of Wastewater Treatment: A Fourth Grade Field Trip

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

As part of their science curriculum on watersheds, sinkholes, and drainage systems, Mrs. Candice Shepherd’s fourth grade classes recently visited Licking’s Wastewater Treatment Plant. The students were given a guided tour by Derek Hammond from Licking City Utilities, who is certified as a B operator. During the visit, the students learned about the various purification filters and pumps that water used for personal hygiene, laundry, and cleaning goes through before being released back into natural waterways.

One of the highlights of the tour was seeing visible stalactites in one of the tanks. The students also learned about the three purification methods used at the plant: chemical, physical, and biological processes. Hammond explained each method in detail and answered questions from the students about the equipment and steps involved in the purifying process. He emphasized the importance of not putting certain items into the sewer system.

The field trip concluded with a visit to Spring Creek beside the treatment plant, where the water released consistently shows a 98 – 99 percent waste removal rate, meeting state standards set by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Overall, the experience provided valuable insights into the wastewater treatment process and its importance in properly treating and disposing of wastewater within our communities.

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