The Education Center celebrates SCWA’s history, provides a glimpse into the future of the public water supply and, most importantly, teaches the public about the vital role they play in protecting our most precious resource—our underground drinking water supply.
The SCWA Education Center is located at 260 Motor Parkway in Hauppauge
Education Center Tours are held on the third Thursday of each month (excluding December).
Regular Tour Hours:
Education Center Tours begin at 2:00, 3:00, 4:00 and 5:00 PM.
Summer Hours (June, July & August):
Education Center Tours begin at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00 PM.
Education Center Tours comprised of visitors 12 years and older are directly followed by a tour of the SCWA laboratory. A question and answer session with SCWA laboratory employees concludes the tour.
Please note that 4:00 & 5:00 PM Education Center tour do not include a laboratory tour.
Tours are FREE but registration is required.
There are several ways to schedule your tour:
1) Fill out the form below and click "submit"
2) Call the dedicated tour reservation line at (631) 292-6565
3) Email EdCenterTours@SCWA.com
4) Send us a direct message on Facebook or Twitter
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.
After the tour, children can "make their own aquifer" in our Water Workshop and challenge their friends in SCWA’s live water quiz game.
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.
Please include the number of people in your party as well as their names. There is a minimum of 5 visitors per tour. You will be contacted if your tour needs to be rescheduled.
If you plan on bringing children, we ask that you please indicate their age(s) in the appropriate field, as we do alter the tour program slightly based on what age groups we have attending. Please note that visitors must be at least 12 years old to tour the SCWA laboratory. Thank you for your interest in the Suffolk County Water Authority Education Center!