The Clearwater Project School Outreach Program is designed to provide students the opportunity to learn about the science and technology of wastewater (sewage) treatment, environmental stewardship through water recycling, and the engineering used to build critical infrastructure. With this program, Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts hope to inspire careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by offering resources to schools, such as in-classroom presentations, bus tours of our wastewater treatment facility in Carson (one of the largest in the country), and visits to a cutting-edge water purification facility. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual tours are being offered.
Learn step-by-step how wastewater (sewage) is converted into water that is essentially as clean as drinking water.
See through the eyes of Olivia the Otter as she encourages environmental stewardship and promotes ways to keep our waterways clean. This presentation is offered to elementary schools in Carson, Harbor City, Rancho Palos Verdes, San Pedro, and Wilmington.
On September 15, 2020, we will begin accepting entries for the two contests mentioned below for students in grades 1 through 12 in Los Angeles County. The finalists for both contests will receive prizes and be invited to an awards ceremony later this year. Contest details will be posted on the Clearwater website in the upcoming weeks.
Like ships, tunnel boring machines (TBMs) are named before they are put into service. This fall, students will have the opportunity to name the TBM that will be used to construct the Clearwater Project tunnel. For more information, click on contest flyer at left.
Students will also have the opportunity to submit entries to decorate the TBM with artwork that shows why it is important to keep our rivers and oceans clean. The winning art will be featured on the actual tunnel boring machine itself! For more information, click on contest flyer at left.
We can come to your classroom or assembly to teach students how we collect wastewater from homes and businesses, clean it and produce recycled water that is essentially as clean as drinking water. We can also show students how the Clearwater Project tunnel will be built using a modern tunnel boring machine (model shown on left). Request a presentation.
We support bus tours of our Joint Water Pollution Control Plant (JWPCP) to schools in the Carson, Harbor City, Lomita, Rancho Palos Verdes, San Pedro and Wilmington areas.
Under this program, the school provides the bus and the Sanitation Districts provide a tour guide. We will reimburse the school for one bus tour per year. Request a bus tour.
Sanitation Districts staff will share what it is like to have a career in technical field that helps protect our environment and convert waste in resources. Request a career day visit.
Starting in late 2019, we can facilitate a tour of the Advanced Purification Center located at the JWPCP. This 500,000 gallon-per-day "demonstration facility" is operated by our partner — the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. This facility could lead to a Regional Recycled Water Program that produces enough purified water to supply 500,000 homes. The purified water will be used to replenish regional groundwater supplies. Request a visit.