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Gippsland Water Hosts 160 Sale students

Gippsland Water’s Vortex Centre hosted its largest school group in 12 months last week, as 160 year 8 students from Catholic College Sale took part in a day long excursion to explore the region’s industrial and environmental sectors.

As part of the school’s focus on science and sustainability, the students were fascinated by the process that takes untreated raw water to a standard that is safe to drink as well as the separate recycling of wastewater for industrial uses.

Susan Hadden of Catholic College Sale said the students discovered a lot about what happens behind the scenes of the water industry which is mostly “out of sight and out of mind.”

“We certainly didn’t realise the amount of water that industries use, and I think our students were quite surprised to learn how the by-product of treated wastewater is recycled in Dutson Downs,” she added.

Gippsland Water completes the environmental cycle by recycling almost 60 tonnes of biosolids collected every day from residential wastewater. The biosolids product is mixed with green waste from around the state and turned into Revive Recycled Compost at Duston Downs.

Paul Clark of Gippsland Water also added that term four was looking to be a busy period for education at the Vortex.

“We’ve invested time and money into improving what we offer at the Vortex for local students and we’d love every school to send through a class at some stage throughout the year.”

School and community group enquiries can be made at: Gippsland Water's education program

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