Students learn water watch techniques

Borroloola School will use a water quality monitor, recently donated by McArthur River Mine, to examine the condition of the McArthur River.

The $10,000 instrument will allow senior students to join the zinc mine’s environmental scientists in testing water purity indicators, including temperature, dissolved oxygen, conductivity, pH and salinity.

The miner has an open-cut operation about 65 kilometres from the school, south of the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Principal Max Agnew said students will have the opportunity to perform monthly water assessments.

“They will be testing the McArthur River upstream of the tidal influence,” he said.

“Initially five students will be instructed in the use of the monitor, with more to be trained later.

“Apart from environmental management, the school is also working with the mine to provide career options in horticulture, using the school nursery project, and fabrication through our Trade Training Centre.

“These initiatives are helping our students invest in their future, providing them with skills that are transferable anywhere.”

Students and trainer using water monitoring equipment