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Citizens Academy

Jan 29, 2017 10:46PM ● By Elena Hutslar

Ask anyone what they think about their sewer service and they will likely say that as long as their toilet flushes, they have nothing to think about. But for those who wonder what happens after that waste disappears from view, the Central Contra Costa Sanitary District (Central San) invites you to attend their Citizens Academy, which provides a free, behind-the-scenes look at a core service that seldom sees the spotlight: wastewater treatment. 


Participants in the Academy learn how Central San operates as a government agency; how it increases recycled water use throughout central Contra Costa County; and how it cleans wastewater using biology, chemistry, engineering, and technology. They also tour its treatment plant, laboratory, recycled water fill station, and household hazardous waste collection facility.


“Central San Academy demystifies the nature of the services we provide and explains how and why we invest the money our customers pay for those services,” said Roger Bailey, Central San’s general manager. “We describe what we do, how we recover resources, and how we keep costs down. No one comes out of the Academy saying they don’t know what Central San does or why they have to pay for our services.”


The Central San Academy earned the Exceptional Public Outreach & Advocacy Award from the California Special Districts Association in 2016.


The Academy is FREE, but interested individuals must apply. Classes will be held one evening each week from April 4 to May 9 (except for a daytime tour on April 25) at Central San headquarters, 5019 Imhoff Place in Martinez. Participants must be 18 or older. Apply now – space is limited!


For more information and to apply, please go to