Education

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Education

Our water environment is a precious resource, and Central San is in the business of protecting it. Our efforts to spread the word about preventing pollution have led to several education programs for grades K-12. Some have been developed by in-house staff, others represent cooperative efforts with nonprofit or other government agencies. If you are interested in a more in-depth view of these programs, please call our Public Information Hotline at (925) 335-7702.

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Student Programs

Central San is pleased to offer the following education programs to teachers and schools to help students learn about preventing pollution and protecting their environment.

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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.

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Treatment Plant Tours

Treatment Plant Tours

Central San offers free walking tours of its award-winning wastewater treatment plant.

Have you ever wondered what happens to the water that goes down your drain? Join us for a free tour to get a first-hand look at what it takes to remove human waste and other pollutants from millions of gallons of wastewater each day. Tour attendees must be 10 or older and children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, please call Chris Carpenter at (925) 229-7316.

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Central San Speakers Bureau

If your group or audience is interested in hearing about Central San and our water pollution prevention efforts, we may be able to help. Just call our Public Info Line at (925) 335-7702 and leave a message about your event or meeting and your contact information. We’ll do our best to provide a speaker for you, free of charge.

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Water and Wastewater Plant Operator Training

Our program is offered in the Bay Area through a Community College and includes a scholarship for every student who maintains a grade of C in each course. The scholarship covers tuition and books for those seeking a career in the Clean Water industry. Our program includes a Plant Operator Certificate after completing the required 28 units.

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Publications

Central San’s Communication Services Division produces a community newsletter called Pipeline two times a year, as well as brochures, fact sheets and videos containing valuable information for residents and businesses in central Contra Costa County. 

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Home & Garden

Today’s gardeners, homeowners, and pet-lovers are looking for ways to manage pest problems with little or no use of toxic materials. Many are relying on a strategy called Integrated Pest Management or IPM.

IPM allows us to look at and deal with pest problems in a new way that can ultimately lead to longer lasting suppression of pests while using fewer harmful chemicals. This is accomplished without sacrificing comfort in the home or beauty and productivity in the garden.

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Household Chemicals

When leftover paint, pesticides, used oil, pool chemicals, or any other products containing potentially dangerous materials are thrown away, they become “household hazardous wastes.”

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Talksics Toastmasters

Flush your public speaking fears! For more than 30 years, Central San has sponsored Talksics Toastmasters, a club open to both Central San employees and community members.  Toastmasters is a long-standing leader in developing people at all levels to grow their communication and leadership skills. The Club meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month from 12:00 p.m.