Central San Academy


Central San Academy

Ever wonder what happens to water when it goes down the drain? Every spring, the Central Contra Costa Sanitary District 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!

When is Central San Academy?

The Academy is typically held over seven weeks every spring.


Central San Academy is held at our Collection System Facility in Walnut Creek and at treatment plant 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 have reached capacity for our spring 2019 session. We will begin accepting applications for spring 2020 this summer. To be added to the mailing list to be notified when the application period opens, please send an email to academy@centralsan.org.

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.