WaterWORKS Hanover April 2013

WaterWORKS Hanover

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

-Final Report-


WaterWORKS is a day-long interactive program that exposes students to the various stages of the urban water cycle from source to tap and back again. Drinking water treatment, water use, waste water treatment, source water protection and careers in water are among the themes for the day.

Program Facilitators

  • Host School: John Diefenbaker Secondary School, Hanover
  • Host Teacher: Dan Kramar, JDSS
  • Lunch Host – The Deck Youth Centre in Hanover
  • Walkerton Clean Water Centre – Katherine Campbell
  • Program Facilitators
    • Barry Randall, GBSusNet and Bruce Davidson, Concerned Walkerton Citizens
    • Jo-Anne Harbinson; Nancy Griffin, Sarah Pritchard, Saugeen Conservation
    • Four County Labour Market Planning Board – Skills Opportunity Showcase (SOS) Trailer – Debbie Davidson
    • Hanover Public Works
      •  Water Pollution Control Plant – John Fruin, Operator (III)
      • Drinking Water Treatment Plant – Wayne Sickel, WT Operator (III)

Program Summary

9:00 -9:30 AM                   Plenary Session at JDSS

9:30 – 10:00                      Hike to Water Pollution Control Plant

10:00 – 11:30                   Tour of Water Pollution Control Plant

11:30 – 11:40                   Walk to Park/ DECK Youth Centre

11:40 – 12:30 PM           Lunch and River Program

12:30 – 12:50                    Bus to Walkerton Clean Water Centre (WCWC)

12:50 – 1:35                      WCWC Program

1:35 – 1:45                         Bus to Hanover Water Treatment Centre (WTC)

1:45 – 2:45                         WTC Program

2:45 – 2:55                         W rap-Up

2:55 – 3:05                         Bus Back to School

Program Details

9:00 – 9:30 AM  Plenary Session at JDSS

  • Introduction to day – who we are and why interested in the day (Barry/Bruce)
  • Watershed overview; Hydraulics (water cycle); Source Water Protection ((Jo-Anne/Nancy)

9:30 – 10:00 AM     Hike to Water Pollution Control Plant (Divide into 2 Groups)

  • Walk built system (street) to trail to Water Pollution Control Plant
  • Facilitated discussion along way with Clip Boards and Q and A page


10:00 – 11:15 AM   Water Pollution Control Plant (Divide into 3 Groups; rotate every 25 minutes)

a) Tour A (see schematic)

b) Tour B

c)  Explanation of the big picture – experiments with water & chemicals (Jo-Anne/Nancy)


11:30 – 11:40          Walk to Park

11:40 – 12:30          Hanover Town Park

 (Divide into 2 Groups; rotate after 25 minutes)

a) benthic demonstration & critter ID;  chemical analysis (D.O., pH, Alkalinity)

b) lunch at DECK Youth Centre


12:40 – 12:50          Bus to Walkerton Clean Water Centre

12:50 – 1:35            Walkerton Clean Water Centre and Skills Opportunity Showcase Trailer Tour


Full group presentation 10 Min/30 minutes tour/activities); Divide into two groups

a) Facility Tour (2 x concurrent 15 minute tours)

b) Activities (7 min) (body mapping; yellow fish; flood warning) and SOS Trailer (7 min)


1:35 – 1:45 Bus to Hanover Water Treatment Centre

1:45 – 2:45 Hanover Water Treatment Centre  (20 minute rotation)

Divide into three groups

a) Tour A

b) Tour B

c) Source Water Protection & rain-barrel activity


2:45 – 2:55 Concluding Plenary                       

2:55 – 3:05 Return BUS to School



Available on Request

Summary of the Day

41 Students attended WaterWORKS Hanover; the weather was fantastic, lunch was great and although the day was very busy with lots of different activities students were well behaved and really did appear to appreciate the opportunity to learn more about where their water comes from and where it goes after we have used it.  Staff from the Conservation Authority and the Town of Hanover did a great job engaging the students in different “hands on” activities learning about on line SKADA monitoring systems, water testing procedures and protocols, the mechanics and chemistry of water treatment and sewage treatment, source water protection and role of the natural ecosystems in keeping our water clean and safe.

The following pages contain a photo essay of the day…enjoy!!!! Thanks for participating in WaterWORKS Hanover in 2013.

Photo Essay

See following pages !!!


WaterWORKS Hanover 2013 Final Report

Thanks to OPG for their support of this event.

Thanks to OPG for their support of this event.

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