Stu­dents check out new sewage plants

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

FORTY-EIGHT Grade 7 stu­dents from St Cather­ine’s Catholic Col­lege vis­ited the new Proser­pine Wa­ter Treat­ment Plant and Can­non­vale Sewage Treat­ment Plant on Fri­day. The ex­cur­sion was part of a broader ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram of coun­cil’s wa­ter and sewage in­fra­struc­ture. Mayor Jen­nifer Whit­ney said the stu­dents learnt about how their wa­ter was de­liv­ered and how their waste was pro­cessed.

“Coun­cil and ul­ti­mately the com­mu­nity have re­cently spent $108mil­lion on new Wa­ter and Sewage Treat­ment Plants, which in­clude state-ofthe-art tech­nol­ogy. I think it’s im­por­tant that school stu­dents and mem­bers of the com­mu­nity get to see th­ese plants at work,” she said. While vis­it­ing the Proser­pine Wa­ter Treat­ment Plant, the school stu­dents learnt about how raw wa­ter is treated be­fore it goes through kilo­me­tres of in­fra­struc­ture to be de­liv­ered to their taps as drink­ing wa­ter. The pu­rifi­ca­tion pro­cesses were ex­plained to stu­dents in­clud­ing the re­moval of bugs like Gi­a­r­dia and Ecoli, met­als such as iron and man­ganese, dis­in­fect­ing the wa­ter with sodium hypochlo­rate, re­duc­ing cal­cium and con­trol­ling the pH. Mayor Whit­ney said it was a valu­able chem­istry les­son for the school stu­dents and a great way to ex­plain coun­cil in­fra­struc­ture and ex­pen­di­ture. “We hope this will be the first of many school stu­dent vis­its, with the coun­cil plan­ning to in­vite schools from across the re­gion to do sim­i­lar tours,” she said. The Coun­cil is also plan­ning com­mu­nity open days at the Proser­pine Wa­ter Treat­ment in the next com­ing months.

IN­TER­ESTED: Fred Dray, Lanie Krog, Ash­lee Coyte and Brooke Smith lis­ten to the Proser­pine Wa­ter Treat­ment Plant co-or­di­na­tor John Cameron on Fri­day’s ex­cur­sion to the plant.

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