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Learn about Wastewater Treatment at Woodland’s Water Pollution Control Facility

April 25, 2014

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In celebration of National Public Works Week, May 18 – 24, The City of Woodland is offering a free tour of the Water Pollution Control Facility on Wednesday, May 21 at 9:30 AM.

Have you ever wondered what happens to the water you use after it goes down the drain? To find out, join us on a fascinating and educational tour of Woodland’s Water Pollution Control Facility.

Please note: The tour will take approximately 1 hour. Space is limited and reservations are required. Minors under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Sandals, open-toed shoes, or flip-flops are not allowed. Guests should expect moderate walking and some stair climbing.


Sewers have been used to remove wastewater as far back as ancient Rome, and by the late 19th century, people began to make the connection between raw sewage and its effect on public health and the environment. In the early 20th century, large cities (London, Chicago) began to treat wastewater in order to reduce the amount of pollutants discharged to the environment.

The City of Woodland has had a municipal wastewater treatment system in place since the early 1950s, when a series of treatment ponds were constructed at Beamer Road & County Road 102. The Water Pollution Control Facility, originally built in 1988, was expanded in 1997 and again in 1999 in response to population growth. In 2007, the facility was upgraded to its present configuration when a major process upgrade, driven by new regulatory requirements, was completed.

Homes and businesses in Woodland are connected to a sanitary sewer system which conveys wastewater to the Water Pollution Control Facility where the wastewater is treated before being returned to the environment. Woodland’s treated wastewater is discharged to Tule Canal in the Yolo Bypass.

To make a tour reservation, please contact Mark Severeid at (530) 661-2065 or at

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