San Francisco, California
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Join us for a tour of your local wastewater treatment plant – Silicon Valley Clean Water (SVCW) - located at 1400 Radio Road in Redwood Shores. Take the opportunity to visit the plant where we are in the midst of a $525 million Capital Improvement Program to update the aging infrastructure, originally built in 1982. The plant is a regional facility that serves Belmont, Redwood City, San Carlos and West Bay Sanitary District.
Secondary treatment and advanced filtration
Recycled water facility
Cogeneration of energy from methane gas
Biosolids production used for composting and farming
On-site use of recycled water
SVCW Guided Tour Procedures
Sign up here today! Tours are free and are available to all members of the general public on the second Wednesday of the month at 10:00 a.m. and are limited to maximum of 15 guests. You must sign up in advance. You do not have to bring a printout of your ticket. Please note that we reserve the right to cancel tours. If the tour date you selected is cancelled, we will notify you via email.
Tour guests are requested to arrive 15 minutes prior to tour start time. Please park in the lot outside of the main gate and walk to the control building main entrance at the blue tower. Take the stairs or elevator to the top floor and check in at the front desk. All guests 18 years-old and above are requested to bring a valid government issued photo ID. Youth between 11 and 18 years of age are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult or guardian. No children under 11 are permitted. Please note that if you arrive late and your scheduled tour group has left the main floor, you will not be able to join that tour and will need to reschedule.
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
You must be 11 years old or older to go on the tour. Youth under 18 must come with a parent or guardian. Adults 18 or over must have an ID.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
You can reach the plant by bus, bike or car. The SamTrans Route 260 stops within a half mile of the plant. There are bike lanes and paths to the plant and plenty of parking available bicycles and for vehicles.
Is there a dress code for the tour?
SVCW is an industrial plant, like a factory. Please be aware when you come on a tour you will be required to wear a hard hat and safety glasses. There are many safety hazards such as slip trip and fall, micro-organisms, heavy equipment, and stairs. There is no smoking, no horseplay, no climbing. Participants should be aware and mindful that there are live micro-organisms at the plant and they should not touch things in the lab or around the plant and keep hands away from mouth and face. People with long hair may want to pull it back.
All participants should wear:
Closed toed shoes (be aware you may walk in wet areas)
No loose fitting clothing that might catch on handrails or other obstacles
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Silicon Valley Clean Water
Silicon Valley Clean Water is dedicated to the protection of the environement and the recovery of our precious water, energy, and biological resources. In every task we undertake, safety and environmental protection are our primary concerns.