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Albury school students working on CSU treatment program


Thursday, 29 Mar 2018

- Albury students working in CSU award-winning grey treatment system at CSU.

- Students will prepare a case for Council consider water recycling systems for Albury housing estate developments.

- Project between CSU and Department of Education to equip local students with skills to address local environmental challenges into the future.

Year 9 students from three Albury high schools will seek to show how Mother Nature can work with land development to clean up waste water in our region.

On Tuesday 3 April, 60 students from Albury, Murray and James Fallon high Schools will test and investigate the award-winning grey water treatment system used at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Albury-Wodonga.

“During their visit, the students will use various equipment to test waste water from storm water drains, kitchens and wash basins in campus buildings,” said project coordinator and lecturer with the CSU School of Education, Mr Paul Grover.

“This waste water has been treated and purified through a series of carefully designed settling ponds, and is then stored in dams on the campus for re-use on campus,” Paul Gover said.

At 10am, the students will be briefed on how the wetland system works by Dr John Rafferty from the CSU School of Environmental Sciences. They will then, in conjunction with their science teachers, don waders to use water-testing equipment in the field in the CSU David Mitchell Wetlands and filtration ponds until 2pm.

“Using the evidence they gather, the students will prepare a case for AlburyCity and propose that Council consider water recycling systems for new and established housing estate developments,” Mr Grover said.

Mr Grover noted that the project is part of a partnership between CSU and the NSW Department of Education.

“The project provides high school students with real-life issues to investigate and prepare solutions and present these to local interest groups, in this case the Council and land developers,” Paul Grover said.

Media contact: Fiona Halloran, 02 6933 2207

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Mr Paul Grover who is based at CSU in Albury-Wodonga. Interviews with Mr Gover during the student visit to the CSU David Mitchell wetlands, off Elizabeth Mitchell Drive, Thurgoona, at 10.30am on Tuesday 3 April.

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