Evan's first Junior Ranger badge at Aztec Ruins National Monument

This week on The Children’s Hour, how do cities and towns ensure the water coming out of our tap is clean, and where does it come from? Then, when we flush or when water goes down the drain, where does it go and how is it cleaned?

We learn about Water Treatment with the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority’s education director, Erin Keck. She explains how the water system in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is mostly circular, from the Rio Grande and back again. Some of the water comes from our underground aquifer. Water treatment centers clean the water from all impurities before it goes into pipes for clean water.

Then we explore how wastewater is treated after we flush it down the drain or toilet. The water we flush and dirty gets thoroughly cleaned. In fact, here in Albuquerque the wastewater that is cleaned is returned to the Rio Grande. We learn about what items we must stop flushing down the toilet, and how we can be better at conserving water in our own homes. 

Learn even more about water treatment at the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority at their website where there are activity books and more.

This episode was produced by Executive Producer Katie Stone with help from Senior Producer Christina Stella. Produced at the Sunspot Solar Studio in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Playlist: Water Treatment

Mayim, Mayim (Water, Water)Cathy Fink, Marci Marxer & Brave ComboAll Wound Up!
Water Is LifeLeoni Jansen & Izaline CalisterAbout Water
WaterKatie Ha Ha HaThese Things Go Together
Over The RiverThe High LlamasCold And Bouncy
Water Cycle SongRhythm, Rhyme, ResultsSingle
Song of the Sewer (feat. Wayne Knight)John LithgowSunny Side of the Street
Should Not FlushGiranimalsWe Are Water Wise
Get Happy NowPodington BearThe Box Set
Tardigrade SongCosmo SheldrakePelicans We - EP
Clear As Water (Mo' Horizons remix)Una Mas TrioClear As Water - EP
Water Drums 1Baka Forest People Of Southeast CameroonHeart of the Forest
Sweet Water RollingMike Seeger & Peggy SeegerAmerican Folk Songs For Children
Simple BeautySerge QuadradoWhite
Clean WaterThe Raptor ProjectAll ALong the Watershed

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