Suffolk County Water Authority

Educational Resources

Tours: Education Center and Laboratory 

 
The Suffolk County Water Authority Education Center celebrates the Authority’s history, provides a glimpse into the future of the public water supply and, most importantly, teaches the public of the vital role they play in protecting our most precious resource—our underground drinking water supply. 
 
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Located at 260 Motor Parkway in Hauppauge (Just East of Adams Avenue), the Education Center provides a perfect afternoon activity for adults and children alike, as exhibits old and new help bring the story of water to life. 
 
During a tour of the education center, visitors  will get a behind-the-scenes look at Authority operations, from the construction of wells built hundreds of feet beneath the land surface to the high-tech water command center and state-of-the-art laboratory that keep Suffolk’s water flowing and safe to drink. Artifacts dating back to the early 19th century help paint a picture of just how far water technology has come.
 
                                                   Tours are now available:
                                                   June 15 -- 12:00 & 1:00
                                                   July 20   -- 2:00 & 3:00
                                                   August 17 -- 2:00 & 3:00
 
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Visitors will learn about Long Island’s sole source aquifer and its role in the water cycle, while also examining real aquifer sediments extracted from the various geologic layers of the aquifer system. SCWA’s water treatment exhibit includes a live demonstration on Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) treatment and how the carbon removes various contaminants from the water supply.
 
Additional exhibits include the evolution of water main, water quality/quantity monitoring technology, water testing and lab technology and advancements in meter reading. Explore the Pine Barrens Corridor, chronicling the rich history of Suffolk’s largest open space preserve, as you learn about Long Island’s premier ecosystem and one of the Northeast’s greatest natural treasures.
 
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After the tour, kids can "make their own aquifer" in our Water Workshop and challenge their friends in SCWA’s live water quiz game.
 
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All Education Center tours are directly followed by a tour of the SCWA laboratory and a Q&A session with SCWA employees.