Superior 5th graders get up-close lesson on wastewater treatment process

KBJR 6 News at 6pm
Published: May. 10, 2022 at 12:49 PM CDT
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SUPERIOR, WI. (KBJR) - Superior’s 5th-grade students have been getting an up-close look at what it takes to keep our water clean.

In-person tours have resumed at the Wastewater Treatment Plant in Superior.

Water resource specialists give students a tour of the grounds and teach them how the City cleans wastewater used in homes, businesses, and schools.

Tuesday’s 5th graders were from Cathedral School in Superior.

While it may have been smelly at times, Water Resource Specialist Megan Hogfeldt said it is an opportunity for students to see first-hand what happens when their water goes down the drain.

“Our water here is neither created nor destroyed,” Hogfeldt said. “It’s ancient water that we have here on the planet, so we got to take care of it and make sure it’s safe and clean.”

These tours happen for two weeks out of the year each spring.

They were virtual during the first two years of the pandemic.

“A lot of kids see water go down their drain or flush the toilet and think that’s it, and we talk about what happens after it goes down the drain because it looks like it just disappears, but really there’s a lot going on underground,” Hogfeldt said.

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