Spring Creek: Where Science Meets Sewer: Fourth Graders Learn About Wastewater Treatment and Disposal

By Eleanor Harrison Mar28,2024
Unlocking the Secrets of Wastewater: A Special Report by The Licking News

Recently, Mrs. Candice Shepherd’s fourth grade classes took a trip to Licking’s Wastewater Treatment Plant to learn about the plant’s role in treating community wastewater. Derek Hammond from Licking City Utilities was on hand to guide the students through the plant and provide insight into the various purification filters and pumps that water used for personal hygiene, laundry, and cleaning goes through before being released back into natural waterways.

As part of their science curriculum on watersheds, sinkholes, and drainage systems, the students were introduced to three purification methods used at the plant: chemical, physical, and biological processes. They learned about visible stalactites as well as tank water capacity during their tour of one of the pumping sheds. Hammond also explained the importance of not putting certain items into the sewer system and answered questions from the students about equipment and steps in the purifying process.

The field trip concluded with a visit to Spring Creek beside the treatment plant, where it was noted that consistently releases water shows a 98 – 99 percent waste removal rate, meeting state standards set by Missouri Department of Natural Resources. The students gained valuable insights into wastewater treatment process and proper disposal of wastewater.

By Eleanor Harrison

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