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The San José-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility (RWF) has been treating Silicon Valley’s wastewater and protecting public health and the Bay environment since 1956. The City of San José’s Environmental Services Department invites the public to attend a free bus tour of the wastewater facility. 

Join us and learn about: 
  • The vital role the RWF plays in protecting public health, safeguarding the San Francisco Bay and wildlife, and supporting the local economy, and
  • The Capital Improvement Program, a multi-year effort to rebuild and modernize the aging facility and one of the largest public works efforts in South Bay history.

Two bus tours will occur on the following Saturday's in 2017 at 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.:
  • April 15
  • May 20
  • June 24 - FULL, join waitlist
  • July 29*
  • August 26*
  • September 30*
*Beginning July 1, 2017, we are no longer able to offer group tours due to lack of program funding and staff capacity.

Tours are open to adults and children over the age of 12 who reside within the Facility's service area. Please note odors are a natural process of the wastewater treatment process, and may be present at the San José-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility. 

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. 50 person maximum per tour.

700 Los Esteros Rd., San José, CA 95134. 

Praise from participants

  • "Excellent! I have a much better appreciation for wastewater treatment and where my tax money goes. Thank you for offering this tour!"
  • "I love seeing how the Facility is part of the marsh and Bay."
  • "Great staff - thank you for your time!"
  • "Fascinating and eye-opening"
  • "Kudos for holding these tours. It's good to be aware of how our infrastructure works."

Tour participants