Wonder what the view's like from behind the wheel of one of those big municipal dump trucks?

Ever wonder why Fairfield has a transfer station for its trash but no dump?

How high-tech is the town's wastewater treatment plant?

The answers to those questions and many more await the public on Saturday morning, April, 20 when the town Department of Public Works conducts free, guided tours of its facilities.

Tours will leave the water pollution control plant on One Rod Highway at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Participants can park there and board buses that will take them to the GreenCycle station, the town garage, the transfer station and back to the water-treatment plant.

The DPW "tourists" -- adults and children alike -- can learn about various types of recycling, composting, alternative energy sources, and the science of water treatment, according to the Representative Town Meeting's Public Works and Planning Committee.

Plus, tour-goers can climb aboard vehicles and check out all the specialized tools at the DPW garage, the committee said.

Tours will last about 90 minutes, organizers said.

The tours are co-sponsored by the DPW and the RTM committee to provide the public with first-hand knowledge of the DPW before the RTM begins town budget deliberations, the committee said.

The event will be family-friendly, the DPW said. Kids will be able to sit in the cabs of vehicles and touch various piece of heavy equipment they won't find in their driveways. All children must be supervised by an adult.