Excursion requests

Come behind the scenes and see how we protect public health by providing safe, clean drinking water.

Ever wondered about how we use the latest technology to treat wastewater and keep our rivers and beaches clean?

Our qualified teachers and industry professionals will help you discover your role in sustainable water management and give you tips to improve our city’s liveability.

All our programs are free of charge and most are syllabus linked.


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Syllabus linked school excursions

Our high school excursions include a walking tour of an industrial site and hands on activities.

We’ll provide printed, syllabus linked worksheets for students and a teacher answer sheet with notes on further study ideas.

  • Stage 6 programs run for 4 hours.
  • Stage 4 programs run for 2 hours.
Photo of students a doing water testing activity.

Our excursions include hands on activities.

Visit Orchard Hills Water Filtration Plant to learn about drinking water quality and filtration.

We offer drinking water excursions for these subjects:

  • Stage 6 Chemistry Depth Study
  • Stage 6 Investigating Science Depth Study
  • Stage 4 Science
  • Stage 4 Geography.
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Photo of a clarifier at a wastewater treatment plant.

Come behind the scenes at a wastewater treatment plant.

Visit Penrith Water Recycling Plant to learn about tertiary wastewater treatment, water recycling and protecting the environment.

We offer wastewater excursions for these subjects:

  • Stage 6 Chemistry Depth Study
  • Stage 6 Earth and Environmental Science Depth Study
  • Stage 6 Investigating Science Depth Study
  • Stage 4 Science
  • Stage 4 Geography.
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Photo of students looking at membranes.

See membrane technology up close.

Visit St Marys Advanced Water Recycling Plant to learn about membrane technology, water recycling and protecting the environment.

We offer water recycling excursions for these subjects: 

  • Stage 6 Chemistry Depth Study
  • Stage 6 Investigating Science Depth Study.
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Dual site programs visit two sites. They run for 5 hours including travel between the two sites (half an hour) and time for your own off-site meal break (half an hour).

You’ll visit:

We offer dual site excursions for stage 4 science and geography students.

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General site tours

We offer free site tours for school, university, TAFE and community groups.

These programs run for 1.5 hours and include a walking tour of an industrial site and time to ask questions.

Our general high school excursions are a great opportunity to see behind the scenes of an industrial site and ask lots of questions.

We'll use language from the relevant subjects and encourage students to think about their role in sustainable water management.

The excursion is not syllabus linked and no worksheets will be provided.

Students in years 7 and above can participate in this excursion.

Visit one of these sites:

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Tertiary and community groups can take a tour of one of our treatment sites. Availability depends on site conditions and may change from time to time.

On all our sites, participants must be able to:

  • climb several large sets of grid style stairs (see through) 
  • walk at heights.

Drinking water sites
Visit Orchard Hills Water Filtration Plant to learn about drinking water quality and filtration.

Wastewater treatment and water recycling sites
Visit one of these sites to learn about tertiary wastewater treatment, water recycling and protecting the environment.


Advanced water recycling
Visit one of these sites to learn about membrane technology (microfiltration, ultrafiltration and reverse osmosis).

Learn more about tertiary and professional tours or community tours.

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