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Discovering the Secrets of Licking’s Wastewater Treatment Plant: A Fourth Grade Field Trip

BySamantha Nguyen

Mar 28, 2024
The Fascinating Science Behind Wastewater – The Licking News

Licking’s Wastewater Treatment Plant Recently Hosts Fourth Grade Field Trip

Recently, the fourth grade classes of Mrs. Candice Shepherd took a field trip to Licking’s Wastewater Treatment Plant. The students were given a tour by City Utilities employee Derek Hammond, who shared fascinating insights about tank water capacity and visible stalactites within the plant.

The trip was an excellent addition to the students’ curriculum as they have been studying watersheds, sinkholes, and drainage systems in their science classes. The plant plays a crucial role in processing community wastewater and purifying it before it is released back into natural waterways.

During the tour, Hammond explained the various purification filters and pumps used in the process, including the three purification methods – chemical, physical, and biological – with Licking’s plant utilizing a 21-day rotation for purification without the use of chemicals. The students learned about each step of the purifying process and were introduced to mist flies in one of the pumping sheds. Hammond answered their questions and 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 of the tour was at Spring Creek beside the treatment plant, where the water released into the creek consistently shows a 98-99 percent waste removal rate, meeting the standards set by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. The students were able to witness firsthand

By Samantha Nguyen

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