March 2016: Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center Tour for Chemists

Update: Miguel Silva’s presentation can be found at (pdf; 5MB)

March Event
Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center (SVAWPC) Tour
March 26, 2016
Even in the midst of El Nino, California is currently facing an exceptional drought and water conservation is still of utmost importance. One large-scale method to work towards conservation involves the purification of treated wastewater and the eventual incorporation of that purified water into the current drinking water supply. Without this sort of recycling, the treated wastewater would reenter the water cycle, allowing nature to achieve the same end yet after significantly more time. The bay area has recently taken a step towards reaching this goal through the construction and operation of the Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center (SVAWPC).
We are proud to announce that in collaboration with the Santa Clara Valley Water District, the Santa Clara Valley ACS section has organized a private tour of the SVAWPC facility with a scientific explanation of the whole process. The tour will include discussions on water conservation, the treatment process, and the treatment’s impact on the environment and humans. We welcome all with technical backgrounds to join us for this exciting event on Saturday, March 26th at 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

  • This tour is not children-appropriate and is geared toward professional chemists. Tours for the public are given regularly and welcome older children. Note that the center does not admit children under the age of 10 due to the technical nature of the center.
  • For safety purposes, sturdy closed-toe shoes/boots are required for all participants as this is a walking tour of a working plant. High heels and sandals are not permitted.
  • Please check the weather and dress appropriately for both outdoor/indoor setting. Light rain will not cancel walking tour.
  • Parking is limited and carpooling is suggested.

This tour will be limited to 50 participants.

Tour Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center
Date Saturday, March 26th
Time 10:00 am – noon
Location Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center open_in_new_window
4190 Zanker Road, San Jose, CA 95134(tour will begin at the Visitor Center Trailer) open_in_new_window
Cost Free
Reservations The Water District requires a list of all attendees beforehand. Hence, registration is required by March 21.

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