The following field trips provide opportunities for students to learn about municipal water systems and how wastes are managed.
Wastewater treatment plants
King County’s two wastewater treatment plants (Renton and Seattle) handle wastewater from homes and businesses: this is where the water goes after flushing the toilet or washing dishes. Both treatment plants border a natural area or park, providing further connection to the natural environment.
Landfill and transfer stations
Where does garbage go? Guided tours of King County’s landfill and transfer stations tell the story of what happens to all the “old stuff” thrown away by county residents.
Cedar River watershed
Where does clean drinking water comes from? This tour of the Cedar River watershed, managed by Seattle Public Utilities, shows students the source of Seattle’s drinking water.