Wastewater treatment plant tours

EBMUD's Treatment Plant treats sewage to meet stringent state and federal standards before recycling it or releasing it to the Bay.

EBMUD's Treatment Plant treats sewage to meet stringent state and federal standards before recycling it or releasing it to the Bay.

Get to Know EBMUD's Wastewater Treatment Plant!

Have you ever wondered about what happens to dirty water after it goes down the drain or is flushed down the toilet? EBMUD offers three options to learn more about how wastewater treatment protects public health and the San Francisco Bay:

  1. Online virtual tour
  2. Live-guided virtual tour
  3. In-person tour

1. Online Virtual Tour

The online virtual tour “From your tap to the San Francisco Bay” is EBMUD’s newest online educational resource. The tour features a variety of engaging videos and interactive maps to help audiences of all levels learn about EBMUD’s Main Wastewater Treatment Plant.

2. Live-Guided Virtual Tour

The live-guided virtual tour is a one-hour, interactive PowerPoint presentation conducted over Zoom with an EBMUD staff member. This tour covers a range of topics, including types of wastewater, contaminants, pollution prevention, history of wastewater treatment, wastewater treatment fundamentals, and beneficial reuse. The tour is strategically designed for non-technical audiences around the high-school level; however, it can be customized as needed for special tour requests, e.g. younger audiences, graduate-level, etc.

Register for an upcoming tour by clicking on a link below and signing up with your contact information:

Thursday 10/27, 6pm-7pm

 

Contact wwtptours@ebmud.com to schedule a special tour request. Tours are offered in Chinese, Spanish, and ASL. Reservation priority is given to schools in EBMUD's wastewater service area.

3. In-Person Tour

The in-person tour is led by an EBMUD staff member at the Main Wastewater Treatment Plant and is approximately 1.5 hours. Safety is EBMUD’s top priority, as the treatment plant is an active, fully operational plant with heavy truck traffic. This tour involves walking up and down narrow stairways, walking over uneven ground, and potentially being exposed to strong odors and birds. Chaperones are required for children and all attendees must be over 10 years old. Individual safety waivers are required.

Contact wwtptours@ebmud.com to schedule an in-person tour for your school or other group. Public tours are still on hold due to the pandemic but please keep checking back for estimated start date.

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