Wastewater Treatmentplant Tours

Whether you are taking a shower, washing your clothes orLWW Wastewater Treatment Plant Tour (1) flushing your toilet, you are using water. We all know where water comes from, but where does our wastewater go? You can learn more with a tour of one of our Wastewater Treatment Plants at Lake Wildwood or Lake of the Pines.

Nevada County Sanitation District handles nearly 1 million gallons of water every day through more than 110 miles of pipe and treats it all at 10 treatment plants in Western Nevada County. This free tour will give a behind-the-scenes look at the processes that make the system so reliable and that keep the environment and Nevada County residents safe. From the point, that wastewater leaves a home or business and enters the treatment process, follow the waterLOP Wastewater Treatment Plant Tour through the treatment process to where it’s released to local creeks and rivers.

2019 Tour Schedule

Date and Time: 
June 29 - Lake of the Pines  
The tours begin at 1:00 pm and will end around 4:00 pm.

Location: Lake of the Pines Wastewater Treatment Plant (10984 Riata Way, Auburn) for an inside look at how it all happens.  

Tour Requirements:

  • Physical Requirements – Expect to be walking on uneven and unpaved ground, climbing stairs, and walking for ¾ of a mile.
  • Tour Safety – Treatment Plants are functioning industrial sites in operation 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Open pits, moving vehicles, and chemicals are just a few of the safety hazards present at this site. Sturdy closed-toe shoes are required for your safety and comfort.
  • Waiver – Please print and complete the waiver as a condition of the tour. All visitors must sign a waiver as a condition of the tour; please take a moment to review it. Participants under the age of 18 must have their parent or guardian sign the waiver.

To request a plant tour - Contact Nevada County Sanitation District staff at (530) 265-1411 to request a tour. Once the request is received, we will contact you for further coordination.