Student Utility Board Visits Water Treatment Plant

Fayetteville Public Utilities (FPU) Student Utility Board (SUB) toured the Water

Treatment Plant to learn about how FPU takes water from the Elk River and turns it into

clean drinking water.

At the Water Treatment Plant, David Posey, FPU’s water treatment plant supervisor,

explained the responsibilities of the department and gave the students a plant tour, detailing

how the plant filters and treats the water and delivers it to FPU’s customers.

Students were supervised in a hands-on learning experience where they tested various

stages of water samples in the laboratory facility. The samples were tested for pH levels,

phosphate, iron, manganese, chlorine, fluoride and turbidity.

“A lot of science and technology is involved in the treatment of the water,” said Stephen

Yatsko, SUB member. “I didn’t realize how complex the process is to provide clean drinking

water to our community.”

“Our Student Utility Board continues to see and learn things about the utilities that

they did not know,” says FPU’s CEO and General Manager Britt Dye. “So far this year,

they have gone behind the scenes to see how the water treatment process works,

and have visited with our electric department to learn how electricity is delivered to

their homes. Each day the students spend at FPU will teach them what we do and

how we serve the community.”

The November SUB meeting will highlight FPU’s Natural Gas Department. The youth

board will tour a natural gas gate station and learn how natural gas is delivered to

utility customers.