Within the graduate studies of Mining and Geological Engineering of the Faculty of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Engineering, University of Zagreb, classes are held in the courses: "Groundwater Protection", "Water Protection" and "Environmental Monitoring". The curriculum envisages that, among other things, students acquire new practical knowledge about water protection. Therefore, the visit to the Central Wastewater Treatment Plant of the City of Zagreb was a logical sequence in the realization of the curriculum, and connecting the field with what the students had the opportunity to hear in the lecture room.
Although the final lectures before the summer deadline are still ongoing, about twenty students and teachers went to Žitnjak, under the mentorship of prof. Zoran Nakić, prof. Stanko Ružičić and assistant Laura Bačani in order to convince students of the effectiveness of wastewater treatment plants, and the ecological process that takes place at the plant.
The students were especially interested in whether another plant would soon 'sprout' in the rest of Croatia and whether there were any chances of employing their profession at such a plant. Wastewater treatment plants are usually a good opportunity for the development of young professionals, scientists, engineers, especially studies in chemical, technological, food technology or biological fields, while engineers from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Civil Engineering are also important. In support of all this is the fact that since its accession to the European Union, Croatia has started with increased construction of wastrwater plants, so we hope that there will be employment of future professionals in the construction and maintenance of new wastewater treatment plants throughout Croatia. And all that for a better eco image of our country!
Photo and text: Astrid Werbolle
Translated by: Andrea Božić