Field Trip - Flagstaff Wastewater Treatment Facility – Rio De Flag
the trip to the wastewater treatment facility in Flagstaff, students asked
lots of questions. Throughout student discussions in their
Problem Based Learning (PBL) groups, students came up with many questions
concerning reclaimed water. This field trip provided the students with
an opportunity to get information directly from the plant operators.
City of Flagstaff Rio de Flag Wastewater Treatment Facility produces “class
A+” water; considered by the Arizona Department of Environmental
Quality to be appropriate for uses such as crop irrigation and snowmaking.
Even though the water leaving the treatment plant is class A+ quality,
people are told to not drink it.
Mr. Case led a tour of the plant while giving students background
on why the treatment plant was built. Before the Clean Water Act,
there was too much pollution being discharged into our lakes and
rivers in the United States. The Ohio River near Cleveland caused
massive public attention in the 1960’s when the river caught
on fire due to the high amounts of pollution in it.