MidCoast Water offers guided excursions for primary and secondary schools within our service region, as well as tertiary students and community groups. They are an important part of MidCoast Water’s school education programs. These tours are provided free to schools in the region (excluding any transport, catering, or teacher relief costs).
To book an excursion contact us on 1300 133 455 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your individual needs.
Bootawa Water Treatment Plant and laboratory
Bootawa Water Treatment Plant offers students the chance to walk through the drinking water treatment process. It is MidCoast Water's largest treatment facility, servicing around 85% of our customers, and was judged as producing the best tasting water in NSW and Qld thanks to its membrane filtration technology. It has a large auditorium space with projector, toilet facilities and kitchenette if groups have activities additional to the tour that they would like to incorporate.
The MidCoast Water laboratory is on the same site and is open for tours to senior groups.
Tours are run by our extremely knowledgable treatment plant operators and lab staff. They very much appreciate students who are there to learn and who ask a lot of questions. As the site is operational it is important that students can follow instructions not to wander off or touch the equipment.
Tours of the treatment plant take approximately 1-1.5 hours (depending on how much detail you are interested in) and tours of the lab take half an hour (or longer for interested chemistry classes).
Tours and activities do not include going to the dam, which does not have public access. Should you wish to view the dam there is a picnic area overlooking it on Bootawa Dam Road.
Other water treatment plants, sewage treatment plants, and recycled water treatment plants
MidCoast Water operates a number of other treatment plants, some of which are available for tours on request. These include the Tea Gardens and Gloucester water treatment plants, the Dawson (Taree), Hawks Nest, and Forster sewage treatment plants, and the Tuncurry recycled water treatment plant. Let us know your area of interest when you contact us.
Waterwatch excursions investigate the ecological health of waterways, and can involve a visit to any estuary or fresh waterbody in the region.
MidCoast Water can assist your excursion through the loan of water testing equipment, water bug survey equipment, and terrestrial survey equipment. See the Waterwatch page for more information on types of equipment available.
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