Beyond the Toilet: A Fourth Grade Journey Through Licking City’s Wastewater Treatment Plant

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During recent field trips to Licking’s Wastewater Treatment Plant, Derek Hammond from Licking City Utilities shared surprising insights with Mrs. Candice Shepherd’s fourth grade classes. The students learned about tank water capacity and visible stalactites, as well as the importance of the plant in processing community wastewater. Its role is to speed up the natural process of purifying the water before it flows back into natural waterways.

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 the three purification methods used at the plant, including 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 of the purifying process, emphasizing the importance of not putting certain items into the sewer system.

The tour concluded with a visit to Spring Creek beside the treatment plant

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