Earlier this spring, five Advanced Placement Environmental Science classes—about 130 students—from Redwood High School visited our Water Quality Lab. MMWD Senior Chemist Jason Mitchell conducted tours for each of the classes.
The students learned where our water comes from (about 75 percent from local reservoirs) and how it is tested to ensure compliance with regulations set by the Environmental Protection Agency and the California Department of Public Health. The students had a chance to see the high-tech equipment we use to test for everything from alkalinity to zinc. The district conducts over 120,000 water quality tests every year, from watershed to faucet.
The students asked lots of great questions, such as whether there is fluoride in our water (yes) and if we need to filter our water (no). The students’ teacher, Mitch Cohen, wrote about their visit:
I am writing to thank you for your continuing support of high school science education. For the 4th straight year, my Advanced Placement Environmental Sciences Classes have had the opportunity to tour your water quality testing lab. I particularly want to thank and commend Jason Mitchell for doing a fantastic job in guiding our tours . . . It is a unique opportunity for students to be able to see a functioning laboratory that deals with the concepts we are covering in class. Thanks again to Jason and all of the MMWD management for providing this ongoing opportunity to your high school neighbors.
Because our Water Quality Lab staff are so busy, they are not able to offer regular tours of the lab. But they do their best to accommodate requests from teachers when they can. Tours are best suited to AP science students. For information, contact Lab Manager Larry Grabow.