Tour Albuquerque's Southside Wastewater Reclamation Plant

Did you know that the Southside Wastewater Reclamation Plant (SWRP) treats approximately 55 million gallons per day (MGD) of wastewater, and that it is the largest wastewater treatment facility in New Mexico, treating wastewater from Albuquerque, parts of Tijeras Canyon, and parts of Rio Rancho (including Intel)? I

Why is it important to treat wastewater?

As a matter of caring for our environment and health, clean water is critical to:

  • plants and animals that live in water;
  • wildlife habitats that depend on shoreline, beaches and marshes such as migratory water birds that use such areas for resting and feeding;
  • human recreational use, specifically, for individuals who choose to live near water, and
  • quality of life as water not properly cleaned can carry disease and since humans live, work and play so close to water, harmful bacteria must be removed to make water safe.


Friday, June 15, 2018 from 7:45 am to 12 noon.


7:45 am - Sign-In in the STEM Collaborative Center (STCC) Classroom, EDU 212 (# 67 on campus map)

8:00 am - Depart for Southside Wastewater Reclamation Plant

Students participating in this event will tour the Southside Wastewater Reclamation Plant to:

  • see wastewater flowing through bar screens, grit chambers, clarifiers, and aeratoin tanks;
  • look under the microscope in the Water Quality Lab at a drop of activated sludge to see the microorganisms that clean the water;
  • walk the plant following the path of the wastewater as it is cleaned; and
  • stand on the banks of the Rio Grande River where the cleaned water is released into the river to discuss current water issues

As a working Treatment Plant, students must:

  • be able to walk for about an hour outside;
  • wear long pants;
  • wear closed-toe shoes; and
  • wear a hard hat which will be provided to students.


Because this is a working plant, participants cannot have any physical impairment that limits their mobility, including everything from a broken leg to a seizure disorder.

Registration Deadline: Jun 11, 2018

Event Details

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Instructor: STEM Collaborative Center
Who can attend: Freshmen and Sophomore Students - Must be 18 years or older.
Meet at: 7:45 am for Sign-In with an 8:00 am Departure from UNM
Location: STEM Collabortive Center Classroom, EDU 212 (#67 on campus map)
What to bring: Your curiosity and questions! Make sure you review the "Requirements" section.
Days: Friday, June 15, 2018 from 7:45 am to 12 noon
Type: Trip

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