Plan a Tour

Please Note: All Plant tours are currently on hold until spring 2025 due to extensive construction and remodeling.

Have you ever wondered what happens when people flush toilets? Perhaps you’ve wondered how wastewater is treated before being released back into the environment. Water reclamation is, in fact, a lengthy and complicated procedure. Before being returned to the environment, wastewater must travel through a number of complicated systems – and understanding the process can be difficult. It’s real science, applied to everyday issues of modern life.  

But the truth is the science (microbiology, mostly) in practice at Four Rivers Sanitation Authority is fascinating – so we’re happy to provide complimentary plant tours. Students, scouts, and anyone else interested in the wastewater treatment process are welcome to schedule and attend tours. Your party will be led through the treatment facility by a guide who will explain the reclamation process and answer all your questions. 

Each month on the first and third Wednesdays, Open Group Tours are provided. Reservations for Open Tours are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Open Tours start at 8:00 a.m. and end at 11:00 a.m. Each trip has a maximum capacity of 15 people. Private, specially scheduled tours are also available for educators, students, scouts and community groups. Call 815-387-7645 or send us an email to book a tour or secure a seat on an open tour or to discuss scheduling a custom tour for your group. 

Closed toe shoes, long trousers, and shirts will be required of all tour participants.

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