It started with a lecture by the IWK's staff, Mr. Rahman. I didn't get his full name...sorry Mr ;-) We were told this was the first time ever IWK let kids into their treatment plant. Yeaaaayyyy, we made history!! ;-) It's mainly due to the safety issues. But they relented with our group due to the presence of parents. With the condition that all the kids are 10yo and above.
The tour began. No smells yet so far ;-)
The starting point. Where it all started.
Mr Rahman explaining the process. From the septic tank to the sewerage plant. Kids kept looking for gross stuffs and gross smells. Nothing yet so far.
Sifting out all the rubbish before processing the waste. Kids were told throwing rubbish in the toilet clog up the system.
The tanks are quite deep. 5m. Doesn't look like it when they are full with water. But it's deep. More obvious when they are empty.
That's why it's dangerous to have smaller kids around the treatment plant.
Height phobic adult like me felt quite wobbly too. Holding to the railing tightly ;-)
One of the end products. The biosolid.
Great natural fertilizer. Available FOC.
End of trip. Still no smell?? We were told if all the processes were completed properly, there shouldn't be any smell. I found the trip very educational. I think the parents were more intrigued than the kids ;-) I learnt a lot. Emily drifted from time to time. Need some prodding here and there to bring her back. Nevertheless, it was a good day. ;-)