Waste Water Treatment Plant Trek

Solve the mystery of how what goes down your drain gets cleaned, reclaimed, and made environmentally friendly. Come to the wastewater treatment plant and see how we help keep the lake clean!  

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The City of Plattsburgh has over 100 miles of underground sewer pipes that carry wastewater from homes and businesses to the City wastewater treatment plant. The plant was constructed in 1973 and has had a number of upgrades since that time. The plant is permitted to treat 16 million gallons per day (mgd) of dry weather flow. When it rains, the plant can handle up to 50 mgd.
Wastewater can include food, rags, paper, feces, bodily fluids, cleaners, chemicals, pathogenic organisms (bad germs), sand, dirt, sticks, pharmaceuticals, shoes, cell phones, money, sunglasses plus anything and everything else that is put down the drain. Before wastewater can be put back into the environment, this contamination must be removed and the water rendered safe to the environment and public. The treatment process uses physical, chemical, and biological systems, plus a lot of technology, science, dedicated employees, and hard work to accomplish this.

On Saturday June 20, 2015 at 1:00 pm, plant staff will be demonstrating how the entire process works and providing a tour of the facility. Come and see some of the interesting things that ultimately find their way to this critical component of City infrastructure and discover why it is really a resource recovery facility that converts contaminated wastewater back into water that is clean and safe enough to be put back into the environment.

Meet at Waste Water Treatment Plant. Park cars and bikes behind the Amtrak Train Station —  the City wastewater treatment plant is at the far side of the parking lot. Trek starts at 1 pm Saturday, June 20, 2015.

There is no charge, but space is limited so click or tap here to register now!

For this Trek, children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Saturday, June 20, 2015 - 1:00pm