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Open days at Tauranga's water and wastewater treatment plants

Friday 26 October to Saturday 27 October




Fri 26 October to Sat 27 October


Oropi and Chapel Street treatment plants

Ever wondered how your drinking water is treated, or what happens to your wastewater after you flush the toilet or do the dishes?

We’re opening the doors to our Oropi water treatment plant and Chapel Street wastewater treatment plant for a behind-the-scenes look at where our drinking water comes from, and where our wastewater goes.

Tours will be held at each location from 9am to 2.30pm, and will take around one-and-a-quarter hours for each tour. The maximum group size for each tour is 15 people. You’ll need to be able to climb stairs, and deal with heights and some uneven surfaces. The tour is not suitable for prams, wheelchairs or mobility scooters.

Parking is available at both sites, but it is limited so please arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before your tour departs. Please follow the signs and parking guides.

Remember to wear appropriate clothing and closed, flat shoes (no high heels or jandals). You will not be allowed to join the tour if your clothing and footwear is unsuitable.

Part of the tour will be outdoors so bring a raincoat or sunblock, and a water bottle. The Oropi water treatment plant tours will go ahead rain or shine, but if the weather’s wet, we’ll have to cancel the Chapel Street wastewater treatment plant tours. We’ll let everyone know if this happens. Children over the age of eight are welcome.

Children must be accompanied by an adult, with no more than two children per adult.

Please note there is limited access to toilets at both sites. For health reasons, if you have had vomiting or diarrhea in the three days before the tour, you will be unable to attend the Oropi water treatment plant open day.