The Fascinating Science Behind Wastewater – The Licking News

Recently, Mrs. Candice Shepherd’s fourth grade classes took a field trip to Licking’s Wastewater Treatment Plant. During the tour, City Utilities employee Derek Hammond shared fascinating insights about tank water capacity and visible stalactites within the plant. The students have been studying watersheds, sinkholes, and drainage systems in their science classes, making the trip to the wastewater treatment plant a perfect addition to their curriculum.

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 the 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 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

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