april 2019 pwd tour

PWD Water Treatment Tour

Wed, 8/28/2019 - 9:00am - 10:30am

Synagro Plant, 7800 Penrose Ferry Road, Philadelphia, PA 19153

The Synagro tour is an important part of understanding the renewable and resilient aspects of the centralized waste water treatment process in Philadelphia, and envisioning an even more robust system in the future.

In April, a group of intrepid Green Building United members toured the Philadelphia Water Department’s Northeast Pollution Control Facility to see how the city’s sewage is treated as an energy and nutrient resource rather than a disposable waste. We now invite you to join us for an overview of what happens to the solids after leaving the Northeast plant. Under a contract with PWD, these remaining solids are trucked to Synagro to be transformed in a two-stage process of dewatering and drying into a marketable nutrient product: dried, pelletized fertilizer.

On this tour, we will meet with the Synagro plant director, Mel Charmichael, for an introductory overview of the plant and its processes, and then will see firsthand how those processes work as we tour the facility. There will be plenty of time for Q&A during and after the tour.

This tour will be inside the industrial plant and requires all participants to wear full PPE:

  • Fully enclosed shoes
  • Long pants
  • Long-sleeved shirts 
  • The plant will provide safety glasses and hard hats. 


Please note that the tour is not handicapped accessible.


Event Cost

Member: FREE

Non-member: $10 (Want to become a member? Join here!)


Registration has closed - No walk-ins allowed. Contact Leah Wirgau for tour availability.

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