Central San Academy


Central San Academy
Join us in spring 2021 for our mini virtual Academy!

Ever wonder what happens to water when it goes down the drain? 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 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?

Central San Academy typically meets once a week over six weeks; however, this year’s Academy will be a “mini” online virtual session, taking place this spring, March or April 2021. We will tailor the length of the session based on demand and availability of the participants.


Usually, we would be welcoming you to our campuses in Martinez and Walnut Creek to engage with you in person. This year, we are going virtual, so the classes will take place in your living rooms, backyards, or wherever you would like to join us with an internet connection!

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. Our goal for our 2021 virtual session is to introduce ourselves to you and talk to you about how we’ve been impacted by the pandemic, in the hopes that you’ll join us for our next, full in-person session.

For more information on our full in-person program, please view our informational brochure.

How do I apply?

Thank you for your interest! We are now collecting feedback to help us design our Spring 2021 virtual session. Please click here to sign up via an online survey. Once we have collected input from the potential participants, we will be in contact via email with details about the online session. We will also add your email to our mailing list if you aren’t already on it, so you’ll be notified when our next full in-person session occurs.

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.