Local students gain hands-on experience in water quality

Published on 16 May 2023


Over forty students from Coolamon Central School, Temora High School and Young High School were treated to a study day at the Jugiong Water Treatment plant last week, as part of Goldenfields Water’s commitment to their Community Engagement Strategy.

Known as Depth Days, Goldenfields Water have been hosting these since 2019, providing senior students with an overview of the water treatment process and covering topics relating to HSC Chemistry, Investigating Science and Geography.

As part of the study day, students witness the step-by-step process surface water goes through before reaching our taps and performed several experiments in the Jugiong Water Treatment lab, such as testing for turbidity, pH and chlorine residual.

Head Science and TAS teacher from Coolamon Central School, Mr Simon Lyons thanked Goldenfields Water for providing their Year 11 and 12 students with an insightful day.

“The students loved the chance to explore the processes from river water to the clean water they drink from their taps at home.

All the staff were engaging in their delivery, and the students gained valuable skills in performing water quality monitoring. We look forward to attending again next time.”

Meanwhile, Goldenfields Water proudly sponsored the 2023 ‘Build a Bridge…and Get Over It’ camp, which is held annually by REROC in partnership with Compact Inc.

Goldenfields Water’s Development and Assets Engineer Mike Read attended the three-day camp, which aims to encourage students in years 10 to 12 to consider a career in civil engineering.

“The camp was rewarding, fun and a challenging experience, explaining engineering and construction techniques to teenagers.

The participants all did an amazing job designing, costing and building a 17m long footbridge over the creek. I was glad to be able to mentor some future engineers, and pass on my industry knowledge,’ said Mr Read.

Goldenfields Water will continue to provide valuable educational resources for local schools, with the ‘Your Water, Your Future’ program scheduled for the coming months. 

After a very successful uptake in 2022, the program will be offered again in Term 3 and schools can request to participate by contacting the Community Education and Engagement Officer on 6977 3200 or communityengagement@gwcc.nsw.gov.au

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