The Fascinating Science Behind Wastewater – The Licking News

Mrs. Shepherd’s Fourth Graders Explore the Fascinating World of Licking’s Wastewater Treatment Plant

Recently, Mrs. Candice Shepherd’s fourth grade classes took a trip to Licking’s Wastewater Treatment Plant, where they were given a tour by City Utilities employee Derek Hammond. During the tour, Hammond shared interesting 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. The plant plays a crucial role in processing community wastewater and purifying it before it is released back into natural waterways.

As part of the tour, Hammond 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

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