Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

School's Wetlands Site Unique.

Byline: Jane Mahoney For the Journal

Efficient, Clean System Pleases Neighbors, Kids

Just imagine yourself relaxing on a park bench and admiring the flowers and butterflies at the local waste water treatment facility.

That incongruous scene becomes reality every year at the constructed wetlands site in back of Corrales Elementary School. Now that spring has sprung, the cattails are growing and the water irises will soon be blooming.

Not all sewage treatment systems have to be stinky facilities that everybody tries to avoid, according to John DuFay, deputy director of operations for Albuquerque Public Schools. In fact, the constructed wetlands at Corrales Elementary School, efficient enough to clean up to 15,000 gallons of waste water per day, has become the site of numerous field trips for school kids.

"The water is so clean here that the kids can handle it as part of the curriculum," DuFay said. …

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