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Middle schoolers muse over microorganisms

Friday 7 May Middle schoolers muse over microorganisms

Six 6th grade science classes at Westgate K-8 took a deep dive into the wastewater treatment process and learned the important role microorganisms play. Utility Marketing Coordinator Jenny Tomes discussed the tiny creatures virtually and showed microscopic video of tardigrades, stalked ciliates and rotifers. These microorganisms feast on the organic material in the wastewater and help break it down. The wastewater treatment plant’s tiniest employees are also an indication of a healthy and happy plant.

The students were asked to create their own microorganism and decide what kind of job it would have, where it would live and what physical features it would need to survive in its environment. They also had to give it a cool name!

To schedule a virtual presentation on water and wastewater-related topics, contact Jenny Tomes at (772) 871-5131 or

For more information, contact:
Jenny Tomes, APR
Utility Marketing Coordinator
(772) 871-5131