Mount Stromlo Water Treatment Plant site visit

When:  Mar 30, 2023 from 12:00 PM to 01:45 PM (ET)
Associated with  All Member Open Forum

Please note that this event has a limited number of spaces available and is currently accepting registrations for EA members only.

Open to all members and associates of ACT Engineers Australia Branch. All participants must be pre-registered. There is no cost for this tour. 

This is a walking tour of the site. Participants require an adequate level of fitness to navigate the sites which include stairs, uneven terrain, narrow paths and steep inclines. Treatment plants can be inaccessible for those with mobility issues; however, we may be able to make alternative arrangements in these instances, please inquire with the Community Engagement Officer.

The 2003 bushfire damage to the Cotter River catchment meant that the existing water treatment plant was not adequate to treat the potentially turbid (cloudy) water drawn from the dams in the burnt-out catchment. A substantial upgrade of the water treatment plant was undertaken to ensure the quality of Canberra’s drinking water was protected during the Cotter River catchment’s lengthy recovery. The new, more sophisticated Mount Stromlo WTP was commissioned in November 2004 with UV disinfection added in 2007. 

Engineer’s Australia members will gain a deeper understanding of the technical and operational processes of the plant and the triple multibarrier approach to treating Canberra drinking water in operation today.  

Event Program 

Times listed are AEDT.

12.00 pm–12.15 pm: Meeting point - Stromlo Water Treatment Plant Visitor parking area.

12:15 pm–1:45 pm: Site induction and registration

12:15 pm–1:30 pm: Walking site tour of operations and treatment plant 50-minute tour.

1:45 pm: Site tour concludes.


Community event Tours booking form. please select the Engineers Australia Tour Event and follow the prompts.

Please read the information for visitors to Stromlo Water Treatment Plant and the requirements for participants for this tour. 

Further information

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

All participants visiting the Stromlo Water Treatment Plant site are required to wear full length long pants, full-length long-sleeved top, and enclosed walking shoes. PPE of High vis vest and safety glasses are required. Please bring your own, or tour sets can be available.

Icon Water Covid-19 event protocols apply. 

We do ask that any participants who are unwell or experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 do not attend the event for the wellbeing of all participants and site operational staff.

Directions to the Stromlo Water Treatment Plant. 

Participants are required to make their own way to the Stromlo Water Treatment Plant. Please see the map on back of the Stromlo Water Treatment Plant factsheet

Note car parking on site is limited, please carpool where possible. 

Preregistered participants: At the SWTP main gate. Press the control button for guard access. The meeting point is the staff carpark.