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LELAND, NC (WWAY) – Making water safe to drink is not only the job of city and county leaders, but also for students at Leland Middle School.

“It’s hard to believe that’s what’s in our water,” said robotics club member Noah Caudle.

Caudle is talking about a little chlorine that came out of the water they used from the lab sin. By this time next week, Caudle and other Leland Middle School students will work to turn sewage to drinkable H2O.

“It’s just really cool to see what it can do,” said Caudle.

He’s talking about the robot clubs newest contraption, an activated carbon and reverse osmosis filter system. They’ll take this and their knowledge of water filtration to compete with other schools.

“It’s nice to get a hands on experience,” says club director Sarah Anderson who also teaches 8th grade science. “And they’ve been able to see different technology, not just the reverse osmosis, but other ways that water treatment plants are using technology throughout North Carolina and especially in Brunswick County.”

H2GO executive director Bob Walker walks the team through the murky waters of the build.

“These guys are learning how they can on their own clean up water in emergency situations,” said Walker.

It’s not just pumping chemicals and dirt out of the water. These students will have to let open the floodgates of knowledge of how water out of say the Cape Fear River becomes safe for what’s coming out of the faucet.

“We need to know all of the uses and all of the techniques that we use to get that water there,” said Anderson. “There’s not just one.”

The team will work on cleaning sewage water all next week to prepare for their competition.

They will take the reverse osmosis system to regionals in Newport on November 18th.

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