Wastewater

This incursion explains where and how wastewater is created and treated.

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Pre-Primary–Year 2

During this hands-on incursion, students are encouraged to participate in a sorting activity to help them to understand how items that enter our wastewater system could be better disposed of to protect our wastewater systems. Students will discover what wastewater is and what it contains by helping to create ‘wastewater’.

  • Session length – 45 minutes
  • Maximum number of students – 30
Learning objectives
  • Know what wastewater is and where it comes from.
  • Know how wastewater is treated and disposed of in Perth.
  • Identify simple ways to help maintain our wastewater systems.

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Years 3–6

During this hands-on incursion, students work in groups to create their own ‘wastewater’ and study the process of wastewater treatment to help them understand the impacts of items that enter the wastewater system. Students will learn about the correct disposal of items to help them maintain our wastewater system.

  • Session length – 1 hour
  • Maximum number of students – 60

Learning objectives

  • Explain what wastewater is and where it comes from.
  • Develop an understanding of the filtration of wastewater.
  • Identify simple ways they can assist their household in maintaining wastewater systems.

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Years 7–12

  • Session length – 1 hour
  • Maximum number of students – unlimited

During this lecture style incursion, students study the different levels of the treatment process of wastewater and various options of recycling wastewater. They will analyse the benefits of wastewater recycling to ensure a sustainable future water supply.

Learning objectives

  • Understand the processes involved in the treatment of wastewater.
  • Understand the importance of recycling wastewater to ensure water as a sustainable resource.
  • Be aware of personal and social responsibilities for maintaining wastewater systems.

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