Yonkers Wastewater Treatment Plant Tour for Educators

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Yonkers Wastewater Treatment Plant Tour for Educators

Join NYC H2O for a tour of YJWWTP! The Yonkers plant is one of six in Westchester County and the biggest, serving about 500K residents.


When and where

Date and time

Thursday, April 6 · 10:30am - 12pm EDT


Westchester County Wastewater Treatment Plant 1 Fernbrook Street Yonkers, NY 10705

About this event

  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Mobile eTicket

The tour will be led by Westchester County's Department of Environmental Facilities. ***Participants must provide their own transportation to and from the facility***

***Tour is exclusively for NYC Teachers and educators and CTLE (2 credits) Eligible ***

According to DEC permits, The Yonkers Wastewater Treatment Plant (YJWWTP) provides primary and secondary treatment of wastewater generated from portions of southern and western Westchester County servicing wasterwater as far north as Chappaqua.

The plant maintains several combustion sources such as boilers (serving the primary and secondary processes), engines (serving the aeration tanks blowers), emergency generators and flairs. The plant also maintains several state of the art odor control systems to control hydrogen sulfide and often uses digester gas as fuel.

Properly maintaining wastewater treatment plants is essential to cities such as NYC and Yonkers. However in NYC even as little as 1/10 an inch of rainfall per hour can overwhelm these places 150 year old sewer system and cause overflows that bypass the treatment plants. There are 14 sewage management facilities nearby but 460 locations where combined sewer overflow can occur. Come learn how Yonkers is working to reduce pollution in the Hudson River to create a more healthyful environment and system.

About the organizer

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NYC H2O’s mission is to inspire and educate New Yorkers of all ages to learn about, enjoy and protect their city’s local water ecology. Through providing public and school programs at historic reservoirs, parklands, watersheds, bays, rivers, and wetlands, we encourage diverse citizens to advocate for responsible public policy. Our activities promote science-based knowledge of New York’s local ecosystems and of what is needed for urban water resilience in a time when climate change impact continues to escalate.