The School Outreach Program for the Clearwater Project will provide students the opportunity to learn about the science and technology of wastewater (sewage) treatment, environmental stewardship through water recycling, and the engineering used to build critical infrastructure. With this program, the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County hope to inspire careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by offering resources to schools, such as in-classroom presentations, bus tours of our wastewater treatment facility in Carson (one of the largest in the country), and visits to a cutting-edge water purification facility.
We can come to your classroom or assembly to teach students how we collect wastewater from homes and businesses, clean it and produce recycled water that is essentially as clean as drinking water. We can also show students how the Clearwater Project tunnel will be built using a modern tunnel boring machine (model shown on left). Request a presentation.
We support bus tours of our Joint Water Pollution Control Plant (JWPCP) to schools in the Carson, Harbor City, Lomita, Rancho Palos Verdes, San Pedro and Wilmington areas.
Under this program, the school provides the bus and the Sanitation Districts provide a tour guide. We will reimburse the school for one bus tour per year. Request a bus tour.
Sanitation Districts staff will share what it is like to have a career in technical field that helps protect our environment and convert waste in resources. Request a career day visit.
Starting in late 2019, we can facilitate a tour of the Advanced Purification Center located at the JWPCP. This 500,000 gallon-per-day "demonstration facility" is operated by our partner — the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. This facility could lead to a Regional Recycled Water Program that produces enough purified water to supply 500,000 homes. The purified water will be used to replenish regional groundwater supplies. Request a visit.
Our fact sheet describes the resources we offer to teachers to supplement their STEM program and encourage careers in technical fields. Click here for the fact sheet.