NSD Celebrates Annual Open House on 10-5-13

September  27, 2013

Ever wonder what happens to your water after it goes down the drain? How recycled water is made? What biosolids are? Wonder no more! These and other important questions will be answered at Napa Sanitation District’s Open House on Saturday, October 5, 2013 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.   The open house will offer tours of the wastewater treatment plant every half hour, activities for kids, microscope viewing with the water quality lab, bird watching at treatment plant wetlands, demonstrations of District equipment, free refreshments, and tips on how community members can help protect water quality and the Napa River.

“The Napa community is not only our customer, but also our partner in protecting water quality,” points out Tim Healy, the District’s General Manager. “What people send down the drain, or rather what they prevent from going down the drain, can go a long way in protecting the river and ultimately the Bay.”

Visitors to the open house can also learn more about other local agencies and organizations that work to protect water quality and the Napa River. Participants include the Napa Resource Conservation District, City of Napa Water Department and Recycling Division, Napa Recycling and Waste Services and the Napa Solano Audubon Society. The Soscol Water Recycling Facility is located at 1515 Soscol Ferry Road, just south of the Highway 29 bridge over the Napa River.

The Napa Sanitation District began operation in 1945, in response to concern over increasing pollution in the Napa River. Back then, the sewage collection system carried both sewage and rainwater to the river untreated, as was the common practice. As the population of the City of Napa and surrounding areas continued to grow, the river could no longer handle this increased sewage flow. The stench of the pollution, sewage overflows on the streets and fish kills in the river convinced the community that something had to be done. In November 1945, Napa citizens voted overwhelmingly to create the Napa Sanitation District in order to protect public health and the river.

“We encourage the public to come on down to our open house and tour the treatment plant,” says Healy. “People are always amazed and tell us they had no idea what a complex process it is to treat wastewater.”


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