The Calaveras County Water District provided a tour of its water and sewer plants in Copperopolis Monday January 21 to the Society of Environmental Engineers at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

The club is comprised of environmental engineering students at Cal Poly, ranging from freshmen to seniors. Most club members have taken water and wastewater treatment classes and were eager to participate in a tour of CCWD’s treatment plants to learn more about the real-world application of treatment technologies.

“Our group really enjoyed the tour and found it extremely interesting,” said Anika Narula, a senior engineering student at Cal Poly. “Our group thought the tour was unique from other wastewater treatment plant tours we have been on with classes because of the evident excitement for the job from our CCWD tour guides, and the fact that there were two treatment processes at the same facility.  In addition, all of us in senior design felt the tour was extremely applicable to our current project of designing a smaller wastewater treatment plant.”

“Our tour guide, Bill Cardinal, was super enthusiastic, and you could tell her really cared about providing clean water to the community which was really cool to see,” said Anna Snyder, third-year environmental engineering student.

“I really liked that they went deeper into the distribution system maintenance and regulation sides of the process during the tour,” added Kat Baker, a fourth-year Environmental Engineering student.

“It was refreshing to see the ways CCWD is passionate about their environment and enjoys serving the community,” said Alexander McConkey, a third-year transfer environmental engineering. They understand that the interactions that people have with the land and actively work to reduce the negative impacts that can be associated with inadequate treatment of waste.”

For more information about this tour, contact Joel Metzger at or (209) 754-3123.

Written by Joel Metzger
Began work at CCWD on May 1, 2014.