May 21, 2024 2:25 pm
The Fascinating Science Behind Wastewater – The Licking News

Licking’s Wastewater Treatment Plant recently welcomed Mrs. Candice Shepherd’s fourth grade classes for a tour led by City Utilities employee Derek Hammond. During the visit, Hammond shared exciting insights about tank water capacity and visible stalactites within the plant.

The students had been studying watersheds, sinkholes, and drainage systems in their science classes, making the trip to the wastewater treatment plant an ideal addition to their curriculum. The plant plays a vital role in processing community wastewater and purifying it before it is released back into natural waterways.

Hammond, who holds a B operator’s certification, guided the students through the plant and explained the various purification filters and pumps used in the process. The students learned about the three purification methods – chemical, physical, and biological – with Licking’s plant utilizing a 21-day rotation for purification without the use of chemicals.

During the tour, the students were introduced to mist flies in one of the pumping sheds, and Hammond took time to answer their questions and explain each step of the purifying process. He also emphasized the importance of being mindful of what should not be put into the sewer system, such as personal hygiene products, clothing, and toys.

The final stop on the tour was at Spring Creek beside the treatment plant, where students witnessed firsthand how Licking’s efforts impacted local wildlife by removing 98-99 percent of waste from natural waterways. This meets standards set by Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Overall, this trip provided an enriching experience for Mrs. Shepherd’s fourth grade classes as they learned more about their community’s waste management practices while also gaining knowledge on how these practices protect local environments.

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