Hands-on Learning: 4th Grade Students Discover the Wonders of Wastewater Treatment in Licking City Utilities

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

Recently, Derek Hammond from Licking City Utilities took Mrs. Candice Shepherd’s fourth grade classes on a trip to the city’s Wastewater Treatment Plant. During the visit, the students gained a deeper understanding of how water is treated as part of their science curriculum on watersheds, sinkholes, and drainage systems.

Hammond led the students through the plant, explaining how water from personal hygiene, laundry, and cleaning goes through various purification filters and pumps before being released back into natural waterways. The students learned about the three purification methods used at the plant: chemical, physical, and biological processes. They also saw mist flies during a tour of one of the pumping sheds.

Hammond answered questions and provided explanations about the equipment and steps involved in the purifying process. He emphasized the importance of not putting certain items into sewers to prevent damage to them and ensure that wastewater is properly treated.

The tour ended with a visit to Spring Creek beside the treatment plant, where Hammond pointed out that the water released consistently shows a 98 – 99 percent waste removal rate, meeting state standards set by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Overall, this field trip was an invaluable experience for Mrs. Shepherd’s class as they gained insight into how wastewater is treated and why it’s crucial to do so responsibly.

Recently, Derek Hammond from Licking City Utilities took Mrs. Candice Shepherd’s fourth grade classes on a trip to the city’s Wastewater Treatment Plant. During the visit, the students gained a deeper understanding of how water is treated as part of their science curriculum on watersheds, sinkholes, and drainage systems. Hammond led the students through the…

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