H2Go – from catchment to tap

BSSC Intermediate VCAL students gained valuable insights into the journey of Bendigo water from catchment to tap when they visited the Bendigo Water Treatment Plant in Big Hill and Lauriston Reservoir near Kyneton on Friday.

The field trip gave students a rare glimpse behind the scenes at a water treatment plant. The plant was built in 2002 and is operated by Veolia, Coliban Water’s business partner.

Veolia staff took students on a tour of the facilities and explained every step in the process of water treatment.

The excursion was part of the H2Go Project in partnership with Coliban Water. The project gives students the opportunity to develop their literacy and numeracy skills while learning about Bendigo’s water supply. It will culminate in a campaign to promote the benefits of tap water over bottled water at BSSC.

“It was an eye-opening experience for the students,” VCAL teacher Kath O’Shea said. “To see the absolute care and precision that goes into preparing Bendigo’s water supply will give students great confidence when it comes to promoting the benefits of tap water to the college community.”

In a day of firsts for the students, they also had a look inside the dam wall at Lauriston Reservoir, a place few visitors get to experience. While there, they had the opportunity to ask Coliban Water staff plenty of questions about Central Victoria’s water supply and careers in the industry.

Well done to all the students who braved the cold and rain to embrace the next stage of the H2Go Project and a big thank you to the staff at Coliban Water and Veolia for sharing their knowledge so generously.