Central San Academy


Central San Academy

Ever wonder what happens to water when it goes down the drain? Every spring, the Central San Citizens Academy (Central San Academy) provides an award-winning, behind-the-scenes look at one of your community’s core services: wastewater treatment.

Participants in Central San Academy learn about almost everything we do, including how we use engineering, chemistry and technology to turn waste into worth by cleaning our community’s water and returning it to our customers as recycled water. The curriculum includes classroom learning, group activities, live demos, and a tour of our treatment plant, laboratory, recycled water fill station, and household hazardous waste collection facility.

This award-winning program is offered FREE of charge to participants. It is a rare glimpse into how used water gains new life.

Join us next spring to find out more about the other side of water, and find out what our past graduates are talking about when they say…

“Thank you for continuing this class. I wish all the utilities did this.”

“What a fabulous experience this has been. Thank you so very much for the opportunity to learn, meet nice people, and have fun!!”

“The Central San Academy was terrific and far exceeded my expectations. I can’t believe how quickly the weeks went by.”

“After the first class, I found myself looking forward to Tuesday evenings. The efforts and hard work and preparation showed up from the beginning and was well done. It was a class that was done with class.”

When is Central San Academy?

The Academy is typically held one evening a week over six weeks every spring from 6:00-8:30 p.m., except for one class, which is a daytime facilities tour of our facilities in Martinez from 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


The location for the Central San Academy’s 2020 session is yet to be determined, but it will either be at our headquarters in Martinez (5019 Imhoff Place) or our Collection System Operations Facility in Walnut Creek (1250 Springbrook Road). One class (the facilities tour) will take place at Central San’s headquarters in Martinez.

Why should you join us?

If you take an interest in the activities of your local government agencies, have considered employment in the wastewater industry, are curious to meet active members of your community, or just want to expand your general knowledge, we welcome you to our world. Throughout the program, you will have a chance to engage in discussions with our staff and your peers and provide feedback on how we as an organization can continuously improve. What we do directly benefits and impacts you, and your input is important! Our goal is for you to have a better understanding of your government and the core services we provide. For more information, please view our informational brochure.

How do I apply?

Thank you for your interest! We are now accepting applications for our spring 2020 session. Please click here to fill out the online application.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at academy@centralsan.org or by calling 925-229-7390.

NOTE: In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and state law, we offer this course in a manner that is readily accessible to everyone, including those with disabilities. If you are disabled and require special accommodations to participate, please contact academy@centralsan.org or call 925-229-7390.