Seafield Waste Water Treatment Works

20 Marine Esplanade, Edinburgh, EH6 7RF

How has Edinburgh’s waste been treated in the past? How is it treated today? From sewage being tossed onto the streets, to the Gardyloo ship, to today’s modern treatment methods including how green energy is generated in the process.

Seafield is Scotland’s largest wastewater treatment works, treating the wastewater from the population equivalent of 850,000 people and is open for organised tours on Doors Open Day. Seafield utilises biogas captured during the treatment process, generates green energy from this and at times can be completely self sufficient and even export electricity to the national grid.

As Seafield is an operational site, visitors MUST book onto tours in advance of attending. We have space for 12 visitors per tour. No under 16’s are allowed, again for Health & Safety reasons. Any visitors that attend the site without a valid ticket will be turned away at the gate.

If you cannot visit us this year in person or don’t manage to secure a ticket you can find out more about how our operation at Seafield works by watching the video below.

Visit in Person

We will be offering three tours per day (on Saturday 25th September and Sunday 26th). Each tour will have 12 spaces (assuming social distancing regulations have been removed)

The tours will take place at 09.30, 12.15 and 15.00 and will last for a maximum of 2 hours each. Visitors will be expected to book on tours in advance using the Eventbrite booking form and bring their tickets with them.

Guests will be greeted by their tour guide, who will be a member of staff that works on the Seafield site. Their tour guide will usher them into a conference room, for induction and Personal Protective Equipment Provision.

Personal Protective Equipment will be provided to visitors and includes:

  • Hard hat
  • Safety Gloves (non-latex)
  • Safety Glasses
  • Boots

All visitors are advised to wear sensible footwear (sturdy, fully covered, flat). If visitors have their own safety boots, they are more than welcome to bring them.

After the induction process, visitors will be shown a short educational video and opportunities for initial questions. Questions can of course be asked throughout the remaining tour.

It is a requirement that visitors remain with their tour guide at all times and obey all instructions that they are given by them. This is to ensure visitors safety, as Seafield WWTW remains an operational site. A tour will be terminated immediately, if a visitor does not stay with their guide/host.

We will clearly be adhering to any Govt Regulations regarding Covid-19 and will make all visitors aware of our Covid processes nearer the time, as these may be subject to change.

As Seafield WWTW is an operational site, guided tours ONLY will be offered to interested members of the public as part of Doors Open Days.

Ticket Information
Visitors will be expected to present tickets at the front gate. Visitors who do not have tickets will be turned away at the front gate.

Arrival Time
It is suggested that visitors arrive no more than 15 minutes before their tour.

The entrance to Seafield WWTW is situated approximately 200m along Marine Esplanade. There is a large red gate for vehicles and smaller pedestrian access gate next to this. For visitors arriving on foot it is very important that they stay on the pavement closest to the waste water treatment works, as Marine Esplanade is a busy road with large vehicles travelling along it at speed. A Veolia member of staff will be at the front gate to greet visitors and ensure their safety.

Any visitors that arrive early for their tour will be asked to stay in their cars until their tour is ready. If they have arrived by foot, they will be asked to return nearer the time of their tour.






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