DC Water Wants to Show You What They’re Doing With Your Poop

by Jennifer Currier October 22, 2015 at 12:30 pm 0

DC Water (via Facebook:DC Water)A Southwest water treatment facility is opening its doors to the public this Halloween to show off what they’ve been working on.

Fair warning: things could get stinky.

DC Water is hosting Halloween tours of the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant (5000 Overlook Ave. SW) next week. Guests will have the opportunity to see how the facility is cutting its carbon footprint and reducing energy bills by treating sewage and turning it into electricity.

In other words, it’s turning poop into power, and DC Water wants to show it off with what they’re calling the “no. 2 tour.”

The Blue Plains plant is the largest of its kind in the world and has earned an international reputation for its innovations for treatment procedures, according to the company.

Tours will depart at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Groups of up to four people can reserve their spots online for tours that last approximately 90 minutes.

The tours will take guests through the treatment process. To get in the spirit of the holiday, guides will also discuss the “monsters” in the plant that are too small to see, like the so-called “water bears” and “muffin monsters,” nicknames for different types of bacteria that are common in the sewage-treatment plant.

Visitors should also prepare their nostrils to take a sniff of their treatment mixture and complete the experience.

For safety, guests are asked to wear long pants and closed-toe shoes.

Photo via Facebook/ DC Water


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