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Miller Students Get the Water Treatment

by Chris Cain
November 17, 2018

Fifth grade students in Mrs. Maureen Hagen's and Mrs. Jennie Loricco's classes took a field trip to the Dopping Brook Water Treatment plant to see where much of Holliston's water gets processed.  Holliston has five wells that draw water from the Charles River Basin aquifer.  Water from two of the wells is prepared for consumption at this treatment facility.

This was truly a field trip.  Most of the students, their teachers, and chaperones used the Upper Charles River rail trail as their 'walking bus' from Miller school to the treatment plant located near Mayflower Landing.  Several students sprinted that last hundred yards.  Not bad after walking approximately 1.5 miles!

The classes were welcomed by DPW Director Sean Reese.  Mr. Reese oversees the Holliston Highway Department and the Holliston Water Department.  

The treatment plant staff set up an outdoor display of the trucks, trailer, and equipment used by the water department.  Of particular interest - especially to some students who live in The Queens who recently experienced a disruption in water service - was the trailer that carries equipment to repair water main breaks.  Seen below is water department employee, Ricardo Pau-Preto, showing off the contents of emergency trailer.  Also on display were many of the pipes and repair tools.

After learning quite a bit from Ricardo, the students entered the water treatment plant.  One group went into the control room where plant foreman, Gregg Morrissey pointed out the many gauges and electronic devices used to ensure that the water leaves the plant ready for consumption.

The other half of the students went into the filtration area where Patrick McKinnon talked about how the water is filtered in the large tanks and what chemicals are used to make sure that water is safe to drink.  Of note was the very large tree that thrives in the filter room - plenty of sunlight through the skylights and of course more water than any plant could desire.  Each group traded places so that everyone learned about every aspect of making potable water.

Of course there was no shortage of fresh water so that the students could 'tank up' before trekking back to their classrooms.  What a refreshing field trip!

 

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Comments (2)

A nice follow up to this trip is the waterworks museum in Brookline MA. It is an old treatment plant. it shows how they discovered how to control diseases that were water born and it talked about the Quabbin Resavor. at 75 I found it very interesting I can only imagine what a young scientific and history mind just might think about it.

- jean morrissey | 11/17/18 11:06 PM

A huge thank you to Sean and his crew. Their enthusiasm and eagerness to share with the children helped to make this an excellent learning opportunity for our students. An added bonus was the walk over the eight arch bridge and down our beautiful rail trail. Thank you!

- Maureen Hagen | 11/17/18 11:21 AM

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