Oakley—Take a hayride tour and learn how Ironhouse Sanitary District (ISD) turns dirty water into sustainable, clean recycled water ready for reuse. Get up close and personal with those amazing raptors that fly high up in the sky in your backyard. Learn the importance of conserving water, learn how water gets from your house to ISD’s Water Recycling Facility through a complex system of pipes and pumps. It’s all happening at this year’s Oakley Science Week at ISD.
This year Oakley Science Week takes place April 7 to the 14. As usual, ISD is hosting the last Saturday, April 14, of the program along with the Diablo Water District and the City of Oakley. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Hayrides are back again this year
Always a favorite among visitors, the District will be providing three hayride tours of the Water Recycling Facility beginning at 10:30 a.m. The tour travels throughout the seven-building facility, while one of ISD’s trained professional staff members gives a narrated tour and answers questions from the audience.
Young science enthusiasts will have a chance to learn the process of how ISD cleans dirty water without any chemicals using the award-winning, highly tech-driven biological process, microfiltration and ultraviolet light to make clean, sustainable recycled water that can be re-used to water plants, crops, trees and more.
After the hayride, stop by and visit with ISD’s Collections staff. There visitors will have a chance to take a look at some of the equipment the District uses to make sure the underground pipes and pumps stay free of debris and keep the environment in Oakley, Bethel Island and the Delta safe and healthy.
Raptors, reptiles and more
Ever wonder what those birds that fly high up in the sky really look like. ISD has invited the Suisun Wildlife Rescue Center to come out and show some of their resident raptors. They will be bringing along some live hawks and owls that are sure to delight young and old birders. They will also bring a Delta reptile or two to show off.
The Suisun Marsh Natural History Association is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to the rescue of native California wildlife and to the preservation of the Suisun Marsh. Their program emphasizes dual avenues of wildlife rescue and release, as well as environmental education.
Crafts, exhibits and more
There is always lots to do for everyone at the Oakley Science Week program at Ironhouse Sanitary District. Each year the ISD puts together a fun craft that is themed around the exhibits at the program. The City of Oakley also provides activities at their table. There are also displays from ISD’s ranching program at Jersey Island and more.
The event will be held at the Ironhouse Sanitary District, 450 Walnut Meadows Drive in Oakley. Those coming in off Oakley’s Main Street will want turn onto Districts Way, across from Rose Avenue, follow the road under the train tracks and to the stop sign, where they will make a left. The back gate on Walnut Meadows Drive will also be open for this special occasion.