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​Tour a water treatment or wastewater treatment plant to learn more about water treatment and the value of water.  

 

Note: Until further notice, all tours are currently cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Water treatment plant tour (Grade 5 tour)

Grade 5 students learn about the value of water with a 90-minute tour of our E.L. Smith Water Treatment Plant and hands-on experiment.

Grade 5 Water Tour

Water treatment plant tour (public tour)

Learn about the value of water with a 30-45 minute walking tour at one of our Edmonton water treatment plants:  Rossdale or E.L. Smith.

Water tour (Public)

Wastewater treatment plant tour (public tour)

Learn about the wastewater treatment process with a 90-minute walking tour of the Gold Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Wastewater Tour (Public)

​Grade 5 Water Treatment Plant Tours

Have you ever wondered, "What would our lives be like without water?"

Imagine if you were to wake up tomorrow morning and when you reach to turn on the water, nothing comes out – there's no water! How would you brush your teeth or flush the toilet? How would you cook breakfast or make your morning coffee? Now, think outside of your home. How would firefighters fight fires? How would surgeons and doctors clean the tools they need to help Edmontonians? 

Water is essential and it's our job to make sure that water is clean and safe before we send it through thousands of kilometers of pipe to reach all of Edmonton's homes, fire hydrants and hospitals.

Learning expectations

On this 90-minute tour of our E.L. Smith Water Treatment Plant (3900 EL Smith Road), grade 5 students go on a walking tour of the plant to see the water treatment process in action. They'll also learn more about water treatment through a fun experiment where everyone has an opportunity to build their own water filter and treat a sample of dirty water.

Cost

There is no cost associated with this tour and presentation.

Participating classes need to provide their own transportation to and from the treatment plant, along with 1-2 volunteers/chaperones depending on the size of the class (maximum 30 students).

Request a tour for your class

If you would like more information about the tour and to sign up, please email us with the following information:

  • Name
  • Phone number
  • School name
  • School address

​Water Treatment Plant Tours (Public)

Learn about the value of water with a 30-45 minute walking tour at one of our two water treatment plants in Edmonton: Rossdale or E.L. Smith.

By touring our site-specific infrastructure and processes, you'll learn about the journey water takes before it gets to your home.

For more information, email us at watercommunications@epcor.com. 

Request a tour        

Please note: All of our plants operate 24/7 so tour capacity is very limited. Public tours will not be conducted in March or April. Priority is given to groups from accredited post-secondary institutions that have a focus on water education.

Wastewater Treatment plant Tours (public)

On this 90-minute walking tour of our Gold Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant, you'll learn about:

  • Gold Bar's innovative infrastructure
  • The different processes involved in wastewater treatment and how water is safely returned to the North Saskatchewan River
  • What keeps Gold Bar at the forefront of wastewater treatment technology in North America

Book a tour

Priority will be given to groups from accredited post-secondary institutions that have a focus on wastewater/environmental education.

For more information, email us at watercommunications@epcor.com.

Request a tour

Please note: All of our plants operate 24/7 so tour capacity is very limited. 

Our partnership with RiverWatch

RiverWatch helps students explore the North Saskatchewan River. We have a longstanding partnership with RiverWatch to support student learning. Over the past 18 years, more than 50,000 students have toured through our Gold Bar plant as part of the RiverWatch program. In the summer of 2018, Gold Bar was part of RiverWatch's new River Ambassador Program, which brought community members by our plant as part of an on-water learning experience.