Students check out new sewage plants
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.