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Columbia Basin Trust Know Your Watershed gives Trafalgar students a look into public water system

The Nelson Daily Sports
By The Nelson Daily Sports
October 24th, 2013

Trafalgar students, thanks to the program is called Columbia Basin Trust Know Your Watershed recently got a first hand look at the ins and outs of the public drinking water system.

CBT is delivering this program throughout the Basin to Grade 8 science classes to get to know where their water comes from, how it changes as it moves through their communities, and where it goes after they use it. 

Students learned about their watersheds by going on a tour of the local water source, as well as learning about the treatment and distribution systems.  As well, there is a tour of the wastewater treatment plant.

Trafalgar students explored Anderson creek, performing water quality tests, as they looked at water chemistry parameters including pH, turbidity, temperature, dissolved oxygen, nitrates, and phosphates. 

They also found the small insects and other invertebrates that can provide clues to water quality.

At the Mountain Station reservoir, students learned about the pipe that brings water from Five-Mile Creek, and about how that water is stored and chlorinated before going to their homes.  

The program was topped off with a visit to the wastewater treatment plant at Grohman Narrows.

Students found this as an unforgettable sensory experience for many, and will no doubt leave a lasting impression on what should and should not be flushed down the drain.

Photo caption: Students leave the City of Nelson water treatment plant at Grohman Narrows holding their noses. — photo courtesy Madeleine Guenette, Trafalgar

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