Uncovering the Magic of Water Purification: Licking City Utilities Showcases Wastewater Treatment Plant to Fourth Grade Students

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

During recent visits to Licking’s Wastewater Treatment Plant, Derek Hammond from Licking City Utilities shared fascinating insights with Mrs. Candice Shepherd’s fourth grade classes. The students learned about the plant’s role in purifying community wastewater and the importance of not putting certain items into the sewer system.

As part of their science curriculum on watersheds, sinkholes, and drainage systems, the fourth-grade students visited the wastewater treatment plant to gain a better understanding of how water is treated. City Utilities employee Derek Hammond, who is certified as a B operator, guided the students on a tour of the plant. He explained the various purification filters and pumps that water used for personal hygiene, laundry, and cleaning goes through before being released back into natural waterways.

The students learned about three purification methods used at the plant: chemical, physical, and biological processes. They were also introduced to mist flies during a tour of one of the pumping sheds, which are harmless but present in abundance. Hammond answered questions and provided explanations about the equipment and steps involved in each process, emphasizing how important it is to properly treat and dispose of wastewater.

The tour concluded with a visit to Spring Creek beside the treatment plant, where the water consistently shows a 98 – 99 percent waste removal rate, meeting state standards set by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Overall, this field trip provided valuable insights into how community wastewater is treated and why it’s crucial to properly dispose of it.

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