Touring Licking City’s Wastewater Treatment Plant: Educating Fourth Graders on Watersheds and Drainage Systems

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Recently, Licking City Utilities employee Derek Hammond led Mrs. Candice Shepherd’s fourth grade classes on a tour of the city’s Wastewater Treatment Plant. The aim of the visit was to provide students with a better understanding of how water is treated as part of their science curriculum on watersheds, sinkholes, and drainage systems.

During the tour, Hammond 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 – chemical, physical, and biological processes – and were introduced to mist flies during a tour of one of the pumping sheds. Hammond answered questions and provided explanations about the equipment and steps of the purifying process while emphasizing the importance of not putting certain items into the sewer system.

The field trip concluded with a visit to Spring Creek beside the treatment plant, where 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 trip provided valuable insights into the wastewater treatment process and its importance in properly treating and disposing of wastewater.

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