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Public Outreach & Tours

Due to concerns about the coronavirus, the Metro Wastewater Reclamation District (Metro District) will not be offering professional development classes for teachers this summer (Wastewater and Aquatic Biology and Wastewater and Renewable Resources).  In addition, tours are suspended until further notice.  ​The safety of our employees and communities is our top priority as this situation evolves. In the coming weeks, the Metro District will continue to monitor guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. If you have any questions, please contact Public Information Officer Kelley Merritt (​

We provide many public resources for our local community to learn about wastewater treatment and protect our environment.

Request a utility locate. Find out how to avoid and dispose of hazardous household waste. Find out how to dispose of unused pharmaceuticals. Locate an RV dump site. Learn about wastewater treatment by coming to our facility for a tour or scheduling a visit to your classrooms.​​​​​​​​​​

Household Waste Disposal

We recommend several environmentally safe and convenient ways to dispose of unwanted household products like paints, solvents, fuels, cleaners, and pesticides.
Click here for details →

Pharmaceutical Disposal

Flushing unused drugs down the toilet introduces them to our environment and presently there are limited means to options to remove these drugs during the wastewater treatment process.

  • Take advantage of pharmaceutical take-back programs.
    Some pharmacies will take back drugs they sold and some will take back all drugs. Contact your local pharmacy or visit the State of Colorado's Drug Take Back Program's web site for more information.
  • Alternatively you can mix unused drugs with an undesirable substance such as coffee grounds or kitty litter and put that mixture in a non-leaking container (empty can or sealable bag). Then dispose the container(s) in the trash.
Click here for brochure →


Teacher Professional Development

We offer annual professional development courses titled Wastewater and Aquatic Biology and Wastewater and Renewable Resources for K-12 classroom teachers. Each class include a tour of the Robert W. Hite Treatment Facility and a field visit in the appropriate content area.  Professional development graduate credit is available.

Click here to review the Wastewater and Aquatic Biology syllabus for the July 24, 2019 class. 

Click here to review the Wastewater and Renewable Resources syllabus for the June 5, 2019 class. 



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Education Programs & Resources

Tours of our facilities are a great way to learn about our wastewater treatment process. Tours are available for
high school students and adults. Due to current plant construction, the maximum number of tour participants
is 25.

  • Learn the basic concepts of how wastewater is treated before returning to the environment
  • See how microbiology, chemistry, physics and environmental science links to important environmental impacts & issues
  • Learn our responsibilities for the household products & chemicals that we use

Note:  Tours are not available on holidays, on weekends, or during evening hours.  Given the possibility for inclement weather, tours are not scheduled in November, December, January, or February.

The Metro District provides reasonable accommodations for public programs (including tours and meetings) in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Visitors requiring such accommodations must contact the Public Information Officer, Kelley Merritt, at least 14 days in advance of the requested tour (

Learn more about our tours → 


Classroom Visits

Guest speakers are available for 45 minute classroom visit sessions within our service area. After viewing a short video detailing the wastewater treatment process, students play an interactive board game titled Wastewater Jeopardy. A maximum of three consecutive classroom visits can be scheduled during one school trip. 


Educational Materials

Our Educator Kit includes a DVD that details the wastewater treatment process.
Download the Educator Kit →