We started our research by exploring how the water we drink and use in Manchester is treated. We learned that the people responsible for keeping our water safe are very proud of the work they do. We also learned that our processes around here are so good, there wasn’t much to improve upon, so we decided to focus on a problem that could help other kids get access to clean drinking water.
This place was really smelly, but we learned the people who work there, like our tour guide plant superintendent Robert Robinson, are used to the odor.
We got to see the whole 3-part water treatment process, from the sludge coming into the building to the clean water flowing out to the Merrimack River - where it heads downstream and is used as drinking water for other communities.
The plant’s lab manager Cheryl Wood spent a lot of time telling us about the careful steps they take to make sure the water from Lake Massabesic is safe for drinking and bathing. We learned that Manchester replaced all of its lead service lines, but many people still have lead pipes in their homes. Waterworks puts anti-corrosive chemicals in the water to keep that lead from harming us.
We were excited to discover there’s a non-profit right here in N.H. that helps bring fresh water to rural African villages. We shared our concept for a playground pumps idea with Lauren Eggert, the Program Officer for The Water Project Eggert. Lauren gave us a lot to think about. Based on her suggestions and feedback we made many alterations to our playground design.
Yoni took a turn lifting a heavy water jug similar to ones that children in Africa use to collect water.