Water and wastewater treatment plant open days

The Chapel Street wastewater treatment plant.

Have you ever wondered how clean drinking water makes it to your tap? Or what happens to wastewater after you flush the toilet or do the dishes?

Following last year’s success, Tauranga City Council is again opening the doors to the Oropi water treatment plant and Chapel Street wastewater treatment plant for a behind-the-scenes look at how your drinking water is treated and the journey water takes on its way back to the sea.

Tours will be held at both locations from 9am to 12.15pm on Friday September 27 and Saturday September 28, and will take around one-and-a-quarter hours each.

City Waters manager Steve Burton says the tours are a great way to increase our awareness of the amount of care and work that goes into these highly technical processes.

“From source to sea – where our drinking water comes from, how we treat it and where it goes once we’re done with it. It is a fascinating process and it’s increasingly important that we don’t take water for granted.

“People that attended the open days last year were really interested in what’s involved, it definitely made them think more about using water.”

Good to know:

The tour includes climbing stairs, heights and uneven surfaces, so it’s not suitable for prams, wheelchairs and mobility scooters.

People who take the tour will also need to wear appropriate clothing and closed, flat shoes – or risk not being allowed to join the tour.

Children over the age of eight are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult, with no more than two children per adult.

For health reasons, if you have had vomiting or diarrhoea in the three days before the tour, you will be unable to attend the Oropi water treatment plant open day.

For more information and to book your spot, visit www.tauranga.govt.nz/plant-opendays

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