For residents who wonder what happens after wastewater is flushed away from view, the Central Costa Costa Sanitation District has officially opened registration for its award-winning Citizens’ Academy, which provides a free, which county officials say provides a behind-the-scenes look at a core service that seldom sees the spotlight.
Set to run from March 11 to April 22, participants will learn about recycled water use; how Central San cleans more than 13 billion gallons of wastewater every year; and how it operates as a government agency.
Central San officials added that the academy also includes a tour of Central San’s various facilities including its treatment plant, laboratory, recycled water fill station and household hazardous waste collection facility.
“Central San Academy demystifies the nature of the services we provide and explains how and why we invest the money our customers pay for those services,” said Roger S. Bailey, Central San’s general manager. “We describe what we do, how we recover resources, and how we keep costs down. No one comes out of the Academy saying they don’t know what Central San does, or why they have to pay for our services.”
The Central San Citizens’ Academy is free to attend but space is limited and residents will need to apply online at www.centralsan.org/central-san-academy. Participants must also be 18 or older in order to register..
Classes will be held Wednesday evenings, 6-8:30 p.m., from March 11 to April 22, except for a daytime facilities tour during the week of March 23. Classes will be held at Central San’s facilities at 1250 Springbrook Road, Walnut Creek, and at 5019 Imhoff Place in Martinez.