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Water Academy

Program Overview

Discover the wonders of your local water system with the Service Authority's Water Academy 2023! Get ready for an unforgettable experience that is both educational and fun.

Designed for both adults and high school seniors who live, work or study in Prince William County, this exciting and award-winning program offers an immersive and educational experience that you won't want to miss. There is no cost to apply to or attend the Water Academy. This year, the Water Academy will be held in person and each session will include a catered dinner. Those who complete all three sessions of the 2023 Water Academy will receive a certification of completion and a special graduation gift. Additionally, Prince William County school teachers who complete the Water Academy are eligible for Continuing Education Credits (CEUs), making this program an excellent opportunity for personal and professional growth.

In three sessions, you will receive an overview of the water industry including the science and technology behind water and wastewater treatment, experience a tour of the H.L. Mooney Advanced Water Reclamation Facility, and explore exciting career and internship opportunities in the drinking water and wastewater industries. A detailed course syllabus is viewable below.

Previous participants in the Water Academy have come from all walks of life, including teachers, engineers, scientists, environmental professionals, homeowners' association members, community volunteers and retirees.

If you're eager to expand your understanding of the importance of water and want to make a positive impact on our community, apply for the 2023 Water Academy today!

Applications are now closed. Stay tuned for Water Academy 2024 next summer!

Session Date Topic(s)

June 21st, 2023. 5:00 P.M. to 7:15 P.M.
H.L. Mooney Advanced Water Reclamation Facility. 1851 Rippon Blvd. Woodbridge, 22191

  1. Introduction to Service Authority: Enjoy an introductory presentation talking about SA culture and mission by General Manager Calvin D. Farr, Jr.
  2. Environmental Services & Water Reclamation: Learn about drinking & wastewater treatment standards and receive an overview of the H.L. Mooney Advanced Water Reclamation Facility.
  3. Tour of our Water Laboratory: See our laboratory responsible for running 24/7 water quality tests and the equipment behind it all.
  4. Tour of H.L. Mooney Advanced Water Reclamation Facility: Get an inside look at an active wastewater plant and learn how the Service Authority cleans wastewater that is later discharged into Neabsco Creek.

June 28th, 2023. 5:00 P.M. to 7:15 P.M.
Raymond Spittle Building 4 County Complex Ct. Woodbridge, 22192

  1. Finance & Billing: Learn how your meter is read and how to understand your monthly bill.
  2. H2Go Kids Activity: Learn about water conservation through an interactive activity about how to be a hero to the environment by being Water Wise.
  3. Human Resources & Organizational Development: Hear about career opportunities, Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs, and mentorship at the Service Authority.
  4. Project Management Office: Learn how about our Project Management team manages Capital Improvement Projects and determines the best location for new assets, like water tanks, in a hands-on planning activity.

July 5th, 2023. 5:00 P.M. to 7:30 P.M.
Raymond Spittle Building 4 County Complex Ct. Woodbridge, 22192

  1. Operations & Maintenance: Learn about the Service Authority’s assets, like pipes, valves and water tanks, and how our Operations & Maintenance staff help ensure 99.999% reliable drinking and wastewater services for our customers.
  2. Truckz@Work: Get an up-close look at the Service Authority's work vehicles and trucks.
  3. Tour Water Tower & SCADA Room: Get up close and personal with one of the Service Authority’s water towers and learn about the intricate computerized system that keeps Service Authority facilities running.
  4. Academy Wrap-Up: Ask any remaining questions and receive answers from our Executive Management team.
  5. Water Academy Graduation: Celebrate your achievements with your classmates! Don't miss the chance to cap off your hard work!