R = Rachel; C = Cesar
R: Hi, Cesar. How are you?
C: Good, thanks, Rachel. I’m fine. I was going to ring you tonight so it’s a good thing I’ve run into you. I wanted to remind you about the field trip – the two day field trip next week.
R: What field trip?
C: The geography field trip to the Warragamba Dam and the Water treatment Plant. It’s a compulsory part of the first year environmentalScience course. Didn’t you know about it?
R: Nol I must have missed that piece of information; this is news to mel But give me the details, please!
C: Sure! Well, we have to meet outside the Library next Monday at 7 in the morning or you can meet us at 7:45 at the bus station in time to catch the coach which departs at 8 o’clock.
R: Oh, alright. And how long does it take to get to this place?
C: Well, once we’re on the coach , it will take about two . Er…, no! Actually more like two and a half hours at that time of day. And it could take as long as three hours to come back the next day because of the evening traffic.
R: And what’s the purpose of the trip?
C: Didn’t you get the course outline? You don’t seem to know anything about this course!
R: Well, remember, I only started at the university a month ago, so I joined the course two weeks late and I’ve been trying to catch up ever since!
C: Oh, of course! Well, we spend the first day visiting the dam. I believe we actually go inside the wall of the dam, which is really quite interesting – to see the dam functioning, you know, how much they regulate the water supply each day, depending on how much water is needed downstream in Sydney.
R: Oh. OK. And um, so, if this is a two-day trip, where are we staying? Not camping by the dam, I hope!
C: No, no. Not camping. They do actually have some overnight cabins near the dam for visiting groups, but we’re spending the night in a youth hostel, in a town nearby. That’s all been arranged by the university.
R: And what about meals? Should we take our own food along?
C: No, you won’t need to do that. The hostelprovides two meals, breakfast and an evening meal and we can find a cheap place to buy lunch.
R: Greatl So, is this the only dam that supplieswater for Sydney?
C: There are a couple of others too, but this is the main one.
R: Well, with a population of over four and a half million people, I suppose we douse thousands of litres each day.
C: Absolutely! In fact, according to my notes here, they pump the water through something like 20,000 kilometres of pipes and canals and store the water in 262 service reservoirs . And each day we use enough water to fill 600 Olympic swimming pools.
R: And what’s happening on the second day?
C: Urn…well, we’re coming back to town and going to the Water Treatment Plant to see how they purify the water for drinking.
R: Oh, that should actually be quite interesting. I’ll bring my camera.
C: Yes, that’s a good idea because we’re supposed to include original photos for the final piece of work at the end of the course. And make sure you bring a notebook and pen or pencil.
R: OK. I’ll do that.
C: You’ll probably need some good walking shoes and spare clothes, too. And I would recommend that you bring a waterproof coat of some sort because the chances of it raining are pretty good next week. And a hat, perhaps?
R: Sorry, no. I draw the line at a hat!
C: Fair enough. And by the way, do you have a mobile phone?
R: I do actually.
C: Well, bring that along because that way we can keep in touch more easily.
R: Provided that mobiles work up there, of course!
C: That’s a point!
R: Do I need a map?
C: No, I wouldn’t bother. We won’t need to do any map reading.
R: OK, then. See you on Monday, and thanks very much for letting me know.