Field Trips and Tours

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Storm Water Field Trips and Tours at SD1's Public Service Park

When SD1 expanded its headquarter facilities in 2003, an outdoor environmental education center was incorporated into the site design. Public Service Park (PSP) offers interactive learning that brings wonder and amazement to the banks of Banklick Creek. This one-of-a-kind, innovative facility features many educational tools and Best Management Practices (BMP's). Visit our Public Service Park page to find out more. 

The structured field trips/tours are designed to empower and educate citizens and students about the vital importance of protecting our waterways for future generations. PSP's Journey of a Drop of Water field trip is the winner of the National Association for Clean Water Agencies' (NACWA) 2005 National Environmental Achievement Award.

To schedule a field trip or tour, please follow the instructions at the bottom of the page. You are also welcome to take a self-guided tour, following the educational signs around the park. 

Wastewater Treatment Plant Tours

SD1 offers tours of Dry Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in Villa Hills, KY; Eastern Regional Water Reclamation Facility in Alexandria, KY; and Western Regional Water Reclamation Facility in Petersburg, KY. We can accommodate up to 60 visitors per tour session. All middle/high school students and adults are welcome! The tour lasts approximately one hour. Part of the tour is outside, so visitors should dress accordingly.

Dry Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant (Dry Creek)

Join us for a tour of the award-winning Dry Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, the largest wastewater treatment plant in Northern Kentucky. Located in Villa Hills, this plant cleans industrial, commercial and residential wastewater from portions of Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties. See how 36 million gallons of wastewater are treated every day as you explore everything from the primary settling tanks to the microbial-driven secondary tanks. This facility entered operation in 1979 and is operated 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by a dedicated and experienced staff. The plant serves more than 94,000 customer accounts within SD1's service area.

Eastern Regional Water Reclamation Facility (Eastern)

Tour SD1's advanced secondary treatment facility, Eastern Regional Water Reclamation Facility!Operational in 2007, this southern Campbell County, Kentucky plant can clean up to eight million gallons a day (MGD) of industrial, commercial and residential wastewater, making it the smallest of SD1’s three currently operating treatment plants. Eastern utilizes state-of-the-art technology that allows it to function with a small but dedicated staff, seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

Western Regional Water Reclamation Facility (Western)

Tour SD1’s newest treatment plant, Western Regional Water Reclamation Facility! Operational in early 2012, this western Boone County, Kentucky facility will improve sewer function across the region by relieving demand on the Dry Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, which serves all three Northern Kentucky counties. Western Regional has the capacity to treat up to 20 million gallons a day (MGD) of wastewater, making it SD1's second largest treatment plant. Western also utilizes state-of-the-art technology that allows it to function with a dedicated staff, seven days a week, 24 hours a day. 

Schedule a Field Trip or Tour

To schedule a field trip or tour for your group, please email us at info@sd1.org and include the following:

For school field trips to Public Service Park or a Treatment Plant

  • Requested date(s)
  • Requested time(s)
  • Number of students
  • Age of students
  • Number of adults/chaperones
  • Number of buses you will be bringing
  • Does anyone in the group have special needs that we can provide accommodations for?

Please Note: Depending on the age and size of your group, you may be required to provide trained chaperones in order to sign up for a field trip. We also require that schools complete SD1's environmental unit and field trip pretest prior to visiting the park. 

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