Behind the Scenes: Licking City Utilities Unveils its Wastewater Treatment Plant to Fourth-Graders

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

As part of their science curriculum on watersheds, sinkholes, and drainage systems, fourth grade students from Licking City Utilities recently visited the city’s Wastewater Treatment Plant. During the field trip, Derek Hammond from Licking City Utilities shared surprising insights with the students about the plant’s role in processing community wastewater.

The students learned about the various purification filters and pumps that water used for personal hygiene, laundry, and cleaning goes through before being released back into natural waterways. They were 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.

During their visit to Spring Creek beside the treatment plant, the water released consistently shows a 98 – 99 percent waste removal rate, meeting state standards set by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. The field trip provided valuable insights into the wastewater treatment process and its importance in maintaining a healthy environment for both humans and wildlife.

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