New Richmond Utilities sponsors multiple learning opportunities for area students
May 6th – May 13th was National Water Week and New Richmond Utilities conducted presentations to local fourth graders from Starr Elementary to teach them about the water and wastewater systems in New Richmond. The water and wastewater departments also provided a Vactor truck demonstration (see photo). Vactor trucks are used for clearing, cleaning and opening clogged catch basins, manholes and storm sewers.
In May approximately 90 5th graders from Hillside Elementary toured the Wastewater Treatment Facility. There were 6 stations set up at the treatment facility and they included learning about the water system and hydrant flushing, lab testing, jet truck uses, the city’s safety trailer and learning about confined space rescue, pump sampling and digester information. Just to let the kids understand the full realm of New Richmond Utilities we also had a station with the new hybrid bucket truck and a couple of Lineman explaining their jobs, how they use the hybrid bucket truck, and electrical safety.
“New Richmond Utilities continues to support the development and implementation of water, waste treatment, and energy education programs for our students, as it is our goal to educate the next generation of water and energy users and allow them to experience and understand our utilities,” said Mike Darrow, City Administrator/Utility Manager.
For more information, contact Weston Arndt at New Richmond Utilities at (715) 246-4167.