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Water Works 2014: Toilet Flush Festival & Garden Tour | SF

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Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 10:00 am to 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.

Southeast Wastewater Treatment Plant | 750 Phelps St, San Francisco, CA

Ever wonder what happens after you flush? The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and city partners want to let you know exactly what, in this fun-filled afternoon of hands-on activities and workshops all about what happens to your pee and poop after you flush on Saturday, September 20, 2014.

Free, but an RSVP is required.

2014 Water Works activities for the day:

Interactive Zones

  • Emergency Preparedness: Find out how to prepare your family for a natural disaster
  • Conservation: Learn how you can conserve water inside and outside your home
  • Investment & Workforce: Learn about water and sewer system upgrades underway and the jobs needed
  • Pollution Prevention: Drop off your used cooking oil and learn ahow to protect the sewers
  • Kids’ Zone: Fun and educational, hands-on activities
  • Interactive Walking Tour: Get a behind-the-scenes plant and water-wise gardening tour

Event Workshops

  • Making Every Drop Count
    After three consecutive years of below-normal rainfall, it is more important than ever. This introductory talk will show the many ways to save water in our yards. They will survey at different watering solutions and how they go together. Join up for an introduction to innovative sprinkler and drip irrigation solutions. Learn about system automation with valves, timers, rain sensors, and the new “smart” controllers.
  • Turning Waste into Plenty
    At this workshop, they will look at Rainwater and Graywater systems that can lower demand on SFPUC’s water delivery and sewer systems.Learn about how to save the rain and recharge our groundwater. See how you can keep once used water to quench your plants’ water needs. They will show you the SFPUC’s “Laundry to Landscape Program.”


  • Gardening in San Francisco
    11 am, 12 pm and 1 pm tours
    Space on tours is limited, so save yourself a spot now

    Join a walking tour of the vibrant public garden at the Southeast Plant. Flora Grubb helped design the beautiful, low water, public garden at the Southeast Plant and can help advise you on how to make a low water, low maintenance garden space practical.
  • Treatment Plant Tour
    10 am to 12:30 pm
    Ever wonder what happens after you flush? The Southeast Treatment Plant is San Francisco’s largest and oldest wastewater facility, responsible for treating nearly 80% of the city’s flows. Don’t miss out on your chance for a behind-the-scenes look at this vital part of San Francisco’s sewer system. Tours will be held throughout the day every hour.

Attendees will be entered into a raffle to win a water-efficient toilet worth $250.

Disclaimer: Please double check event information with the event organizer as events can be canceled, details can change after they are added to our calendar, and errors do occur.

Event Details

Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
Categories: **Annual Event**, *Top Pick*, Geek Event, Kids & Families, Lectures & Workshops, San Francisco, Walks & Tours
Address: 750 Phelps St, San Francisco, CA

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