On September 23, our Middle School class went to the Waste Water Treatment Plant and then went kayaking at the Jaycee Park. Our waste water is treated At the waste water treatment plant by being carried through many systems, it was pretty neat seeing all of the objects that gets caught in the first straining process, which strains out all of the solids. We even saw a dollar bill go through to be disposed at the landfill. Then we went up and saw the aeration process, it smelled pretty foul but not deadly. The next system was chlorination it was interesting to see because the water gets clearer when it travels through the zigzag which ads chlorine. The last step was to go down a 3300 foot well below the aquifer. The systems were pretty cool seeing how waste water can look so much like drinking water after it goes through these processes, but everyone
was still glad that it wasn’t.
When the tour of the plant was over, the class headed over to the Jaycee park for lunch and to rent kayaks from Lisa’s Kayaks, we had a lot of fun, we even saw Ms. Sams dad! Also, some of us went in the shallow water to try to catch the small fish (with our bare hands), it didn’t work so well.
During the same “map” we did this really cool thing called a Bio-cube. Bio-cubes are only three dimensional PVC cubes that show how much life you can actually find in only one cubic foot. We did our Bio-cube in our school’s retention pond because we were studying water. What you do after you place the bio-cube down, is you take notes on what is in the cube and what is close to it and we got many samples of fish, muck, the water in it, plants, bugs, and other life around it. This is picture of Kimberly Locke and Svetlana Stephens testing the water in our schools retention pond while in a raft.
This field trip and water studies were fun and we learned a lot about water .