Water Journal : Water Journal August 2014
AUGUST 2014 WATER 33 Feature Article Finally it was time for us to start the practical activity, with a short presentation about water scarcity and the relationship between the availability of treated water and the economic circumstances of different countries around the world. Following this, the students were divided into four groups of three. Each group represented a country and, depending on the nancial wellbeing of that country, a budget was allocated to them to spend on their water treatment system. With our help the students worked within the nancial constraints of their country tosetupa simple water treatment system by purchasing different materials such as gravel, sand, cotton and so on. Countries with larger budgets could afford a higher degree of treatment, while those with smaller budgets had fewer steps in their treatment process. After they all made their treatment systems a volume of "raw" water was provided to treat using their system. The task clearly engaged the students as they eagerly awaited the outcomes of the water treatment experiment and they were all surprised to see the differences in the treated water quality. A SUCCESSFUL EXERCISE While this activity was mainly intended to be a fun, teamwork exercise for the students, the fact that each group had a limited budget made them work to get the best for their money. Most importantly though, it demonstrated to the students how lucky we all are to live in Australia where treated water is so readily available that most of the time we take it for granted, as opposed to those countries in the world that are not so fortunate. Working with these young students and seeing their passion and excitement in doing the activity was a great experience for the group. We all agreed that there was a lot of talent among the students and that BYETC is doing a great job in motivating these young people to get back into society. Finally, we would like to thank Tony Oliver and the other teachers at BYETC who gave us the opportunity to have such an unforgettable experience, the YWP Queensland committee and Sharon Ible, AWA Queensland Branch Manager, for their support. WJ One of the treatment systems that were prepared by the students. Treating "raw" water using the treatment systems prepared by the students. THE AUTHOR Dr Abraham Negaresh (email: abraham. firstname.lastname@example.org) is a Process Engineer at MWH. He has been an active member of the Queensland Young Water Professionals committee for more than two years. Abraham is currently the Research and Education Coordinator at YWP.
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