2019 EEI Summer Internship is a five-week, paid summer internship program providing Dallas public high school students with job opportunities in industries and areas where they have expressed interest. In addition to real life work experiences, the program exposes students to extensive, exemplary training; a high-energy, competitive Job Fair; and all-important lessons about giving back to your community.
EEI is a part of the Dallas Water Conservation Division, an outreach-based campaign dedicated to promoting water conservation.
Programs under this division include:
- New Throne for Your Home
- Industrial, Commercial, & Institutional Program
- Minor Plumbing Repair (MPR)
- City-Wide Ordinances
- Licensed Irrigators
The interns visited different treatment plants and labs, Trained with Dr. Thompson, learned about lab-work, map-making, statistics, and created a presentation.
1. Central Wastewater Treatment Plant
- In order to understand how our city’s wastewater is processed, we visited the Central Wastewater Treatment Plant.
- We spoke with Dan Halter, Central’s manager, to learn about the plant’s history and the mechanical and biological processes that occur in wastewater treatment.
- We had the opportunity to go on an engineer-guided tour and saw processes including grit removal, collection, filtration, and chlorination.
2. Bachman Water Treatment Plant
- Next, we headed over to Bachman Water Treatment Plant to learn where our tap water comes from and how it is sanitized.
- There, we had the opportunity to go on an interactive guided tour with manager Chaise Holmgren, and learned all about the treatment process and plant history.
- On the tour, we took water samples and saw the process in action, with steps including ozone creation, coagulation, flocculation, and sedimentation.
3. Zero Energy Lab
- Our final field trip was to the Zero Energy Lab, where we saw conservation unleashed to its full potential.
- We went on a guided tour with Hassan Qandil, a PhD student at UNT, who told us all about the lab’s inner workings and how it conserves renewable resources.
- We observed wind, water, solar, and geothermal processes occurring, all working together to utilize nature and avoid excess consumption.