Many people take for granted the simple act of turning on a faucet and getting a cold glass of water. Discover how the drinking water supply is treated before being piped to close to 18,000 homes and businesses in the City of Newark area. Visitors of our tours learn about the coagulation, flocculation, filtration, and disinfection processes our drinking water must go through before distribution. Visitors see chemistry in action when they tour the drinking water testing lab. The tour encourages an appreciation for our precious resource and inspires the adoption of conservation measures to protect our waters.
The City of Newark Wastewater Treatment Plant is a fascinating example of how far we have come in the treatment of sewage. New technology incorporating biological and UV treatments allow us to “reclaim” the water from the waste before returning it safely to the environment. We’re also producing pipeline quality methane gas for our local utility that is consumed as natural gas in local households. Opportunities to see microorganisms at work are numerous as the “bugs” consume the organic materials in aerobic and anoxic basins, and also the anaerobic digesters. Come see how this new technology has enhanced the field of wastewater treatment.