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In case you already read the post below, it has been updated to indicate that steel-toed shoes will no longer be required for the tour.  You will still need a hard hat.  As requested in the post, please let us know if you can bring your own hard hat.

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Out of Sight, Out of Mind??

How many times have you flushed the toilet today?  How many times in your lifetime?  Have you ever stopped to wonder happens next?  One of the most important functions of our local government is to deal responsibly with everything that goes down our drains.  In the old days, it was considered enough to just remove the “solids” and kill the bacteria before dumping the water back into the James River.

Over time, it was realized this primitive treatment was not enough.  The wastewater still contained lots of pollutants such as nutrients that fouled our waters.  Over the years, wastewater treatment has become more and more complicated as large cities like Richmond try to maintain “state of the art” facilities and do their part to restore the Chesapeake Bay.  In fact, Richmond is currently in the midst of yet another round of upgrades.

Please come and join us as we tour the Richmond Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) to find out what happens to all that stuff that goes down the drain.   The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) has generously offered to provide a guided tour on Saturday, February 9, from 9:00 – 11:00 am.  The tour will include an explanation of the treatment process as well as a chance to see a recently installed “green roof”.

Space is limited so registration is required.  Please register by sending an e-mail as soon as possible to: reedycreekcoalition@gmail.comIt would be helpful if you included “WWTP Tour” in the subject line. 

Since there is ongoing construction at the plant, we will be required to wear hard hats for the tour.  DPU and the Reedy Creek Coalition have a limited number of hard hats available for those who cannot bring one.  Please let us know in advance if you will need to borrow a hard hat so we can plan accordingly.

In order to streamline passage through plant security, we will gather at the Stone House in Forest Hill Park at 8:45 am and carpool/caravan over to the WWTP.  More details will be provided later.

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