School excursions

MidCoast Water Services offers guided excursions for senior high schools within our service region, as well as tertiary students and community groups. These tours are provided free to schools in the region (excluding any transport, catering, or teacher relief costs).

To book an excursion contact us on 1300 133 455 or email to discuss your individual needs.

Bootawa Water Treatment Plant and laboratory

Bootawa Water Treatment Plant offers students the chance to walk through the drinking water treatment process. It is MidCoast Water Services' largest treatment facility, servicing around 85% of our customers, and was judged as producing the best tasting water in NSW and Qld thanks to its membrane filtration technology. It has a large auditorium space with projector, toilet facilities and kitchenette if groups have activities additional to the tour that they would like to incorporate.

The MidCoast Water Services' Laboratory is on the same site and is open for tours to senior groups.

Tours are run by our extremely knowledgable treatment plant operators and lab staff. They very much appreciate students who are there to learn and who ask a lot of questions. As the site is operational it is important that students can follow instructions not to wander off or touch the equipment.

Tours of the treatment plant take approximately 1-1.5 hours (depending on how much detail you are interested in) and tours of the lab take half an hour (or longer for interested chemistry classes).

Tours and activities do not include going to the dam, which does not have public access.

Other water treatment plants, sewage treatment plants, and recycled water treatment plants

MidCoast Water Services' operates a number of other treatment plants, some of which are available for tours on request. These include the Tea Gardens and Gloucester water treatment plants, the Dawson (Taree), Hawks Nest, and Forster sewage treatment plants, and the Tuncurry recycled water treatment plant. Let us know your area of interest when you contact us.