Fayetteville Public Utilities (FPU) Student Utility Board (SUB) toured the water treatment plant to learn about how FPU takes water from the Elk River and turns it into clean drinking water.
At the water treatment plant, David Posey, FPU’s water treatment plant supervisor, explained the responsibilities of the department and gave the students a plant tour, detailing how the plant filters and treats the water and delivers it to FPU’s customers.
Students were supervised in a hands-on learning experience where they tested various stages of water samples in the laboratory facility. The samples were tested for pH levels, phosphate, iron, manganese, chlorine, fluoride and turbidity.
“A lot of science and technology is involved in the treatment of the water,” said Stephen Yatsko, SUB member. “I didn’t realize how complex the process is to provide clean drinking water to our community.”
“Our Student Utility Board continues to see and learn things about the utilities that they did not know,” said FPU’s CEO and General Manager Britt Dye. “So far this year, they have gone behind the scenes to see how the water treatment process works and have visited with our electric department to learn how electricity is delivered to their homes. Each day the students spend at FPU will teach them what we do and how we serve the community.”
The November SUB meeting will highlight FPU’s natural gas department. The youth board will tour a natural gas gate station and learn how natural gas is delivered to utility customers.