Bring your high school or older group to the Metro District plant for a tour showing what happens after they flush.
Our 90 minute outside walking tours let you experience the sights, sounds – and smells – of wastewater treatment.
On a tour of our facility you will learn:
- How the Metro District recycles wastewater, biosolids and methane
- How water can be reclaimed
- How we make a soil amendment product from solids we recover
- How we produce electricity from a renewable resource
Students must be accompanied by one adult per 10 students. All visitors must wear comfortable, closed toe shoes for safety. Please dress appropriately for weather conditions as all tours take place rain or shine. Please note that some areas require using stairs.
What Can I Expect During the Tour?
- We do not allow eating or drinking during the tour.
- Our facility is non-smoking, so smoking is NOT allowed anywhere on the plant site.
- This is a 24-hour working facility, so please be aware of traffic.
The tour begins at the headworks where untreated wastewater (sewage) enters the Robert W. Hite Treatment Facility (RWHTF). The wastewater goes to bar screens to remove objects ranging from children's toys to false teeth. Wastewater then goes to grit basins and primary clarifiers to removes solid wastes.
Next it's on to aeration basins where millions of microorganisms digest the organic waste remaining in the water. The wastewater goes to secondary clarifiers where the microorganisms clump together and settle to the bottom. After further processing to kill harmful organisms, these solids will go to enrich Colorado farmland.
The tour proceeds to the chlorination and dechlorination processes and the outfalls. This is where the cleaned wastewater pours into the South Platte River. It's easy to see the difference between the raw wastewater that came into the RWHTF and the treated water as it leaves.
The final stop takes students to the cogeneration building where methane gas from the solids digestion process is used as fuel to make enough electricity to power almost 5,000 homes.