Site tours

Site tours

We have a number of sites open for visits from schools. Our site tours help students to understand the water cycle and see the work that goes into making sure water is available when they turn on the tap and what happens to the water once they have used it.

Water treatment works:

• Whittle Dene water treatment works, west of Newcastle
• Wear Valley water treatment works, near Stanhope, Country Durham
• Lumley water treatment works, Chester le Street
• Warkworth water treatment works, Warkworth, Northumberland

Sewage treatment works:

• Birtley sewage treatment works, near Team Valley
• Tudhoe sewage treatment works, Spennymoor
• Hendon sewage treatment works, Sunderland
• Amble sewage treatment works, Amble, Northumberland
• Bran Sands, Teesside (available for older students, Year 10 upwards, only)

The ins and outs

Our sites give your students the chance to see a working site in action. But this means there are some strict guidelines to follow:

• The maximum size of a party of school children is 30
• Pupils must be in Year 5 upwards
• No cameras, videos or mobile phones on site.

For children aged eleven years and under – one adult per five children.
For children aged eleven years and over – one adult per ten students.

Unfortunately, due to our sites being working sites, we retain the right to cancel visits at any time due to operational emergencies.

To organise a visit, please complete the online form ′Teacher / Student query′

Downloadable content

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    Water treatment

    Download the PDF version of the water treatment process.


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    Sewage treatment

    Download the PDF version of the sewage treatment process.


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