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Plant Tours

The Fond du Lac Regional Wastewater Treatment & Resource Recovery Facility offers tours of its wastewater treatment facility by appointment. Hundreds of people tour our facility annually to find out what happens “after you flush”. The polluted wastewater that enters the plant is cleaned and returned to Lake Winnebago cleaner than the lake water itself.

Visitors will see the various ways pollutants are removed from wastewater, replicating nature’s own processes, but in a much-condensed time frame. They will also see how wastewater solids are processed so that they can be beneficially re-used, and how energy is recovered along the way to power the Fond du Lac Regional Wastewater Treatment & Resouce Recovery Facility.

The safety and security of our visitors and our employees is of utmost concern. All visitors are expected to abide by our safety instructions and policies.

Scheduling a Tour

Group tours, suitable for adults and students in grades 6 and above are available. For students below grade 6, our Plant Superintendent or Assistant Superintendent would be happy to visit your school and give an age appropriate presentation on our facility and the wastewater process. Scheduling your tour at least 2 to 3 weeks in advance is recommended.

General Information

Tours are free and can be tailored to school groups, civic groups or professional organizations. We can accommodate up to 30 people in a tour. Tour guides are the employees who operate and manage the plant. They provide a thorough, step-by-step explanation of wastewater treatment.

Tours are offered Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tours last approximately 1½ hours and include considerable walking and stair climbing.  Visitors will spend about half of their time indoors and half outdoors, so appropriate dress for the weather is recommended.

Plant Tour Guidelines

Wear closed-toe shoes; no heels; no flip-flops or sandals. You will be touring an industrial site. Dress for the weather; the majority of the tour is outside. No smoking, eating, or drinking during the tour. This site has biological hazards.  Restrooms will be available at the beginning and end of the tour only.

School Presentations

The Fond du Lac Regional Wastewater Treatment & Resource Recovery Facility can arrange to have a speaker come to your organization’s meeting, neighborhood group or classroom to talk about wastewater treatment. We are glad to be in the community and look forward to discussing a range of topics that are of concern or interest to your group.

We have experts with extensive experience and education who can provide useful and interesting information on a variety of topics such as the wastewater treatment process, environmental programs, or water quality. If you have a specific topic that you would like addressed please make sure to ask about it. We’re open to developing a presentation tailored to your group’s specific interest.

The presentation can be customized to meet your group’s informational needs, areas of interest and time limitations.

To schedule a presentation please contact Utility Superintendent Cody Schoepke at 920-322-3662 or e-mail at cschoepke@fdl.wi.gov

Brochures

An informational brochure on the Fond du Lac Regional Wastewater Treatment & Resource Recovery Facility is available in our office. The brochure can be picked up anytime Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

This brochure was developed to share information on our treatment facility and provides a brief summary of the wastewater treatment process. The brochure contains the history of the City’s wastewater treatment plant; various water treatment processes and photographs of the plant.

Microbeads are tiny bits of plastic found in exfoliating body washes and facial scrubs. Since their introduction in 1972, they have made their way into more than 100 personal care products.  Microbeads previously found in personal care products have now been banned by the FDA. However, microplastics, found in clothing fibers and the breakdown of plastic pollution over time, are much harder to control/limit. There is little than can be done by the wastewater treatment process we (an many others) currently have in place but any filtration or upgrade in the future to meet other regulations may be able to .

Microbeads are tiny synthetic plastic particles which may be in toothpaste, cosmetics (exfoliants), soap, other cleansers, etc.

Microbeads are too small to be removed during wastewater treatment, so they can reach streams, creeks and lakes which receive treated wastewater.

Plastics found in our influent wastewater.