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Beyond the Drain

Dive into the world of wastewater with this free, behind-the-scenes tour of the important work that goes on at our Peacehaven Wastewater Treatment Works.


What happens during the tour?

Join us at Peacehaven Wastewater Treatment Works to find out what really happens when we flush the loo, empty the bathtub, or wash the dishes.

Suitable for key stages two and three, our tour walks you through the scientific processes used at the centre, with fun and engaging ways to learn all about the important work that goes on there. The tour is rounded off with a ‘slow the flow’ workshop, providing an interactive experience to learn about storm overflows, why they're used and how slowing the flow of rainwater into the sewers can significantly reduce their use.

Beyond the Drain school tour at Southern Water

Booking requirements

  • We can only accommodate one class per visit with a class size of approximately 30 pupils.
  • We require a minimum of one adult for every eight children under the age of 16.
  • For safety reasons, the tours are completed in two groups of approximately 15 pupils.
  • Each group must have an allocated member of school staff as the group leader.
  • Each booking will require a named first aider.
  • Coach travel bursaries available. 
Beyond the Drain school tour at Southern Water

Teacher only open days

This summer, we’re inviting teachers to come and tour our innovative Wastewater Treatment Centre in Peacehaven. Our teacher only sessions provide an opportunity to see how a tour and workshop at Peacehaven could help bring learning to life.
Our free educational school tours run every Thursday for KS2 and KS3, with a KS4 tour being added later this year. The tour and accompanying workshop have direct links to the National Curriculum for Science, Geography and PSHE/Citizenship. 

Travel bursaries

We're offering a number of travel bursaries of up to £500 to cover the cost of travel to our Beyond the Drain school tours. 
Schools that meet one of the below criteria are eligible to apply:

  • State-funded schools with 10% or more pupils eligible for Free School Meals (FSM).
  • Schools/Colleges in Special Measures.
  • Special School or one with a high proportion of SEND pupils.

Register your interest for a travel bursary by selecting 'yes' on the Beyond the Drain enquiry form below. 

Southern Water employee talking about water at a Beyond the Drain Peacehaven school tour

Enquire about Beyond the Drain

To register your interest in the Beyond the Drain tour, please complete this form with your school and class details.

Beyond the Drain tour

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