Facility tours

 Facility tours

Facility Tours and Field TripsOur facility tours are a great way for schools and organizations to learn about what it takes to provide utilities to our community. Tours are tailored to fit the specific needs of a school or organization and are available to our customers at no charge.

Appropriate dress, which includes long pants (no dresses or skirts), closed-toed walking shoes, and clothing/accessories for expected weather, is mandatory for all tours. Due to safety concerns, visitors with inappropriate dress will not be able to tour the entire operational facility. We provide additional safety equipment, when required, to tour a facility (i.e. hard hats, safety glasses, ear protection).

Front Range Power Plant
Front Range Power Plant
6615 Generation Drive, Fountain, 80817
Age requirement: Fourth grade or 9 years old and up
Group size: Minimum of five people, up to 20 people
Tour length: 60 to 120 minutes, depending upon age group and specific needs
Day/Time offered: Tours are offered on Tuesdays with start times between 9 a.m. -10 a.m. and 1 p.m.–2 p.m.
Unavailable dates: Due to planned maintenance, the power plant will not be available for tours from Feb. 21 through March 28, 2019.
Please read our tour policy. To book a tour of Front Range Power Plant, complete the online registration form.​
Martin Drake Power Plant
Martin Drake Power Plant
700 Conejos Street, Colorado Springs, 80903
Age requirement: Fourth grade or 9 years old and older
Group size: Minimum of 10 people, up to 30 people
Tour length: 90 minutes
Day/Time offered: Tours are offered on Tuesdays with starting times between 9 a.m.-10 a.m. and 1 p.m.–2 p.m.
Unavailable dates: Due to planned maintenance, the power plant will not be available for tours from April 1 through May 20, 2019 and Sept. 27 through Oct. 15, 2019.
Please read our tour policy. To book a tour of Martin Drake Power Plant, complete the online registration form.
Ray Nixon Power Plant
Ray D. Nixon Power Plant
6598 Ray Nixon Road, Fountain, 80817
Age requirement: Fourth grade or 9 years old and older
Group size: Minimum of 5 people, up to 20 people
Tour length: 60 to 120 minutes, depending upon age group and specific needs
Day/Time offered: Tours are offered on Tuesdays with start times between 9 a.m.-10 a.m. and 1 p.m.-2 p.m.
Unavailable dates: Due to planned maintenance, the power plant will not be available for tours from Oct. 18 through Nov. 16, 2018 and Aug. 23 through Sept. 30, 2019.

Please read our tour policy. To book a tour of Ray D. Nixon Power Plant, complete the online registration form.

Las Vegas Water Resource Recovery Facility
 
Las Vegas Water Resource Recovery Facility
809 East Las Vegas Street (Gate 3), Colorado Springs, 80903
Age requirement: Fourth grade or 9 years old and up
Group size: Up to 30 people
Tour length: 90 minutes
Day/Time Offered: Tours are offered on Wednesdays with start times at 9 a.m. and noon.
Tour Description: This tour provides fundamental knowledge about the science behind wastewater treatment at the largest and most sophisticated wastewater treatment plant in Colorado Springs. Tour participants will learn biological & chemistry processes related to how the treatment process functions. The process involves practical applications to math, physics, chemistry and microbiology. Primary, secondary, tertiary, advanced treatment and ultraviolet treatment processes are discussed and observed. Future challenges are reviewed that can spark interest in helping solve environmental impacts going forward.
Please read our tour policy. Took book a tour of Las Vegas Water Resource Recovery Facility, complete the online registration form.
Mesa Water Treatment Plant

Mesa Water Treatment Plant
2715 Mesa Road, Colorado Springs, 80904

Tours of the Mesa Water Treatment Plan are not available from March 2017 through July 2020 as we upgrade the facility.

JD Phillips Water Resource Recovery Facility J.D. Phillips Water Resource Recovery Facility
4205 Mark Dabling Blvd., Colorado Springs
Age requirement: Fourth grade or 9 years old and older
Group size: Up to 30 people
Tour length: 90 minutes
Day/Time offered: Tours are offered on Wednesdays and Thursdays with starting times at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Please read our tour policy. To book a tour of J.D. Phillips Water Resource Recovery Facility, complete the online registration form.
Edward W. Bailey Water Treatment Plant
Edward Bailey Water Treatment Plant
977 Marksheffel Rd., Colorado Springs, 80929

Age requirement: Fourth grade or 9 years old and up
Group size: 5 to 20 people
Tour length: 60 minutes
Day/Time offered: Tuesday, start times between 9 a.m.-10 a.m. beginning April 1, 2017.
Tour Description: Participants learn about the engineering behind the installation of our new water delivery system, the Southern Delivery System and observe state-of-the art water treatment processes in our newest water treatment plant, which started operating in April 2016. Water treatment processes discussed include traditional methods of coagulation/flocculation, sedimentation, filtration, disinfection, and additional new technologies of ozone and biofiltration used to provide the highest quality drinking water for the southeastern portion of Colorado Springs and surrounding communities.

Please read our tour policy. To book a tour of the Edward Bailey Water Treatment Plant, complete the online registration form. Directions to the plant.

Larger school groups of up to 60 students can request our Combined Tour: Edward Bailey Water Treatment Plant and Water Education Program to accommodate larger groups and reinforce academic standards. See below for the combined tour options for more information.
Clear Spring Ranch

Clear Spring Ranch Resource Recovery Facility
14391 Auge Way, Fountain, 80817

Age requirement: Fourth grade or 9 years old and older
Group size: Up to 15 people
Tour length: 90 minutes
Day/Time offered: Wednesdays only
Tour description: Tour provides an opportunity to observe the digestion process of all solids captured from the J.D. Philips Water Resource Recovery and Las Vegas Water Treatment Facilities. Solids are pumped from these facilities, down an 18 mile, 14-inch fiberglass pipeline to Clear Spring Ranch Resource Recovery Facility. The process entails the use of up to 8 anaerobic digesters and Facultative Sludge Basins to reduce organics and pathogenic bacteria before disposal - land injection disposal.
Please read our tour policy. Directions to the facility. To book a tour of Clear Spring Ranch Resource Recovery Facility, complete the online registration form.
Water Quality Laboratory
 
Water Quality Laboratory
701 East Las Vegas Street, Colorado Springs 80903
Age requirement: Fourth grade or 9 years old and older
Group size: Up to 15 people
Tour length: 90 min
Day/Time offered: Monday through Thursday dependent on staff workload
Tour description: Tour participants have the opportunity to tour our water laboratory and gain an understanding of what goes into monitoring and ensuring that we not only deliver exceptional drinking water but also comply with State and Federal standards for water and wastewater treatment. The tour will expose individuals to sophisticated instrumentation and sampling techniques and allow plenty of time for questions and answers.
School groups can request our Combined Tour: Water Quality Laboratory and Water Education Program to accommodate larger groups and reinforce academic standards through an added lecture portion.
Please read our tour policy. To book a tour of the Water Quality Laboratory, complete the online registration form.
People touring the conservation and environemental center Xeriscape garden - Low water landscapes
2855 Mesa Road, Colorado Springs, 80904
Age requirement: Geared for adults
Group size: Staff-guided tours are available for groups of 10 or more. Visitors are welcome to tour the garden on their own during daylight hours.
Tour length: 30 to 60 minutes, depending upon group’s interest
Day/Time offered: Tour is offered Thursdays and Fridays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. from April 1 through September 30 when the Xeriscape garden is in bloom.
Tour description: Visit our beautiful Xeriscape Demonstration Garden, where we showcase low-water landscape possibilities. During a tour of the garden, a landscaping expert explains the basic concepts of Xeriscape and introduces you to fantastic landscape plants that thrive in our area with less water. We also will highlight the resources available to help you make a lasting, beautiful and affordable yard that provides an attractive setting for your home but keeps your water bills affordable. See tangible examples of attractive and useable landscaping you can translate into your own yard. By attending this tour, you can begin to learn how to create a beautiful, adapted landscape that suits our climate and saves water. The tour involves easy walking, and the main garden is accessible by wheelchair.
Please read our tour policy. To book a tour of Low Water Landscapes, complete the online registration form.
 Water Smart Plants: Youth Plant Adaptations
 
Xeriscape garden - Water Smart Plants: Youth plant adaptations & water conservation program
2855 Mesa Road, Colorado Springs, 80904
Age requirement: Kindergarten through 8th grade
Group size: Up to 60
Tour length: 90 to 120 minutes depending on group size
Day/Time offered: Tour is offered Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. from April 1 through September 30 when the Xeriscape garden is in bloom.
Tour description: What can we learn from plants that thrive in our area? Students tour the Xeriscape Demonstration Garden, learn about Colorado Springs’ water supply, climate, our local habitats, and ways that plants and people have adapted to our semi-arid environment with water conservation. This program includes several interactive games and activities to support academic science standards and is ideal for classes studying plants, ecology and ecosystems. Read our program outline for full description.
Please read our tour policy. To book a tour of Water Smart Plants, complete the online registration form.
Combined Tour: Water Quality Laboratory and Water Quality Education Program
 
Combined tour: Water Quality Laboratory & Water Quality Education Program
701 East Las Vegas Street, 80903
Age requirement: Sixth grade and older
Group size: Up to 20 people
Tour length: 90 to 120 minutes
Day/Time offered: Dependent on staff work load
Tour description: This tour combines our popular classroom presentation on the biology & chemistry of your water supply with the Water Quality Laboratory Tour. This 1.5 to two-hour trip teaches students the history of water quality, our complex local water system, water treatment processes and water quality testing. Students participate in the “Would You Drink It” challenge and test mystery water samples for general water chemistry (pH, turbidity, total dissolved solids, and chlorine) before touring the Water Quality Laboratory with our chemists. The tour exposes individuals to sophisticated instrumentation and sampling techniques and allows plenty of time for questions and answers.
Please read our tour policy. To book this combined tour, please email us or call 719-668-4560.
Combined Tour: Edward Bailey and Water Treatment Plant





Combined Tour: Edward Bailey Water Treatment Plant and Water Education Program
977 Marksheffel Road, Colorado Springs, 80829
Age requirement: Fourth grade or 9 years old and older
Group size: Up to 60 people
Tour length: 90 minutes
Day/Time offered: Tuesday, start times between 9 a.m.-10 a.m.
Tour Description: This tour combines our popular water education activities with a Water Treatment Plant tour. Designed for school groups, this one and half hour trip teaches students about where their water comes from, our role in the urban water cycle, how Utilities ensures excellent water quality at the tap, what happens to our water after we use it, and how people can save water for the future. Students play interactive games, tour the exhibit hall to understand the engineering complexities of delivering water, as well as take a tour of the Edward Bailey Water Treatment Plant. Participants observe state-of-the art water treatment processes in our newest water treatment plant, which started operating in April 2016. Water treatment processes discussed include traditional methods of coagulation/flocculation, sedimentation, filtration, disinfection, and additional new technologies of ozone and biofiltration used to provide the highest quality drinking water for the southeastern portion of Colorado Springs and surrounding communities.

Please read our tour policy. To book this combined tour, please email us or call 719-668-4621.