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Have You Ever Wondered How We Clean Wastewater?

Then this Tour Is for YOU!

Would you like to take your students on a field trip they won't forget? Bring them to the Southside Wastewater Reclamation Plant (SWRP). We clean approximately 50 million gallons of wastewater every day, but most of us never stop to wonder about what it takes to accomplish that. Our employees work:

  • to ensure public and environmental health,
  • to maintain good water quality of the water we put into the river, and
  • to reclaim a portion of our water resources for re-use.

During the two-hour tour, students will do more than just hear about how we clean Albuquerque's wastewater, they'll see it. We look under the microscope at a drop of activated sludge to see the microorganisms that clean the water. We walk the plant following the path of the wastewater as it is cleaned. At the end of the tour, standing on the banks of the Rio Grande where the cleaned water is released into the river we discuss current wastewater issues.

Tours are approximately two hours long. We can accommodate up to 32 students per tour. There is no cost for the tour, but we do not provide transportation to or from SWRP.

Questions? Call Erin Keck at 289-3027 or email

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Educational Links:

Diagram of SWRP Works Like a River Sewer History Disclaimer
SWRP Wastewater Cleaning Process WEF Aquaventurer Time Line Disclaimer
Duke City Fix blog spot about SWRP Tour(Johnny Mango takes his grandson to SWRP) Disclaimer WEF Following the Flow(pamphlet) Disclaimer
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