Walking the Waste Stream

11:30 am to 3:00 pm
Fri, Mar 6, 2015

Wastewater infrastructure is critical to our quality of life, but it’s practically invisible— pipes are underground, and wastewater treatment plants are located far from view. In conjunction with Producing Waste/Producing Space, artists Lize Mogel and FICTILIS will lead a workshop offering participants a unique opportunity to trace the path waste takes as it travels from our bodies, through infrastructure, and out into a ’natural’ ecosystem; and from private to public and back again. The main part of the workshop will be a 1.5 hour tour of the sewage treatment facility that serves Princeton University and the surrounding region. Our guide will be Robert Kunert, a 30-year veteran of the municipal waste industry and the plant manager.

Van transportation to and from the plant will be provided. Weather permitting, we will have the option to walk back to Princeton along the Raritan-Delaware Canal Path, which parallels the path that effluent (cleaned water from the treatment process) takes.

Note: The tour will be outdoors so dress accordingly. Also, the treatment plant has state-of-the-art odor control equipment so smell should not be a major issue.

Limited seating is available. Priority will be given to Princeton University ID holders. Reply with your interest to arc-hum@princeton.edu.