City Opens Doors of Historic Water and Sewer Facilities

Residents are invited to see firsthand the challenges of aging water, sewer pipes, pumps and treatment plants

As part of Your Utilities. Your Voice., The City of Sacramento Department of Utilities is throwing open the doors of two of its oldest pieces of infrastructure- the Sacramento River Water Treatment Plant (built in 1923) and Sump 2 (built in 1927) to help the citizens of Sacramento better understand the challenges of its aging water and sewer infrastructure. At each facility, tours will be offered that highlight the historic nature of these facilities and how modern technology is keeping them operating today, while protecting the environment and the health and safety of Sacramento residents. Tours will also share with participants the growing number of issues that they, the ratepayer and the City faces as these facilities face mounting repairs and needed upgrades.

Sacramento River Water Treatment Plant Tour
Saturday October 22, 2011
11- 1 p.m. (tours leave every half hour)
1 Water Street, Sacramento, CA

Sump 2 Tour
Saturday November 5, 2011
11-1 p.m. (tours leave every half hour)
3530 Riverside Blvd, Sacramento, CA

For more information about aging infrastructure tours, meetings or presentations, please visit

Disclosure: Jessica Hess is the Public Information Officer with the City of Sacramento Department of Utilities

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October 18, 2011 | 2:35 PM

This is exactly the kind of article I’d like to see in the Sac Press. I can’t make this weekend’s tour of the water plant – are any future tours scheduled?

October 18, 2011 | 2:48 PM

Hi Lisa- you can join us for a sewer puming station tour on Nov 5, 2011 at Sump 2. If you only want to see the Water Facility, we usually offer tours on the 3rd Friday of the month at 10 a.m. To schedule one of the Friday tours, you need an advance reservation. You can call me 808-1400. The tours this weekend and on Nov 5 require no reservation.

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