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Students learn about water cycle, job options

South Henry Regional Waste District employee Tricia Haler presents a program to students at Tri Elementary.

South Henry Regional Waste District’s Tricia Haler recently presented the “Wonderful Water” program to second through fourth grade students at Tri Elementary School. South Henry Regional Waste District has partnered with the school system to teach students about water cycle, water pollution, water conservation and the biological wastewater treatment process.

Each child was given a water drop stress reliever to name and take thru the water cycle journey. Groups of students then worked together to perform a water filtration experiment where they learned how the earth’s layers naturally clean water during the water cycle. Each classroom was left with a terrarium that demonstrates the water cycle and two books, for their classroom libraries, about the importance of water. Tricia was assisted by Connie Stevens of the Alliance of Indiana Rural Water and Nancy Harmon of South Henry Regional Waste District.

South Henry Regional Waste District, along with the Alliance of Indiana Rural Water, also visited Tri High School Thursday to meet with students interested in environmental career opportunities in the water and wastewater industry. Students learned about an apprenticeship program offered thru the Alliance of Indiana Rural Water and how to take the first steps to become involved.

“In the next three to five years, the industry will lose over half of its workforce because of retirement. It is a great time for students to explore the opportunities in this profession,” Haler said. “Clean water and wastewater removal will always be needed for the health of our communities.”

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