"If people are going to be concerned with how wastewater is managed, then it would be helpful to understand the process that actually goes along with it," says RiverLink Education Coordinator Nikki Bauman.
To help the community understand the urban water cycle and the processes behind it, the nonprofit coordinated a tour of Asheville's wastewater treatment plant with the Metropolitan Sewerage District of Buncombe County.
The tour, scheduled for Tuesday, June 4, at 10 a.m., will be open to adolescent groups with children older than 11, interested adults and the general public.
says the group will be limited to 20 people and will probably take about 1 ½ hours.
The urban water cycle, Bauman
explains, goes like this: The uptake of water from the drinking water reservoir is treated and distributed to the county.
It is then filtered, purified and distributed throughout the community.
After that, it is piped through a sewer to the MSD
plant and treated before it is released into the river.
The tour will help people understand what happens to water, Bauman
says, "when you're running the sink or taking a shower or flushing a toilet, and where that water goes from there and how is it treated before it's put back in its natural source."
For example, when Bauman
took a tour of the wastewater facility in December 2012 she
was surprpised to learn how MSD
uses micro-organisms and bacteria to filter wastewater.
For people more interested in the urban water cycle itself, Bauman
has an interactive model (pictured above) of the urban water cycle at its office at 170 Lyman St. that can be viewed from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
RiverLink Education Coordinator
828-252-8474, ext. 18
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