water treatment plant
Game: Rust
Content Type: Gaming Guides


In this guide, we will be exploring the Water Treatment Plant monument. This guide contains the general strategy and meta for the monument, a map with Crate spawn locations, and callouts so you can more easily navigate the monument.

For info on how to read the map and some more general information about the guide, please refer to the Map Key in the Main Guide.


The water treatment plant is an interesting monument, being the only tier-3 monument without radiation. This makes puts it somewhere on the lower end of tier-3 monuments, its loot isn’t as good as the large, irradiated monuments. However, the lack of radiation does mean that you’ll run into more players here than most other monuments.

rust water treatment plant
Water Treatment Early Development Photo

The Water Treatment plant contains plenty of high-quality loot, while presenting little to no resistance to acquire it. The monument has no radiation making it perfect for all players at all levels to try and get their hands on some high-tier loot.

That said, this does mean that it is a very popular monument, meaning that the lack of resistance from the game may be made up for by players. There are some important tricks to remember with Water Treatment to get the best of them. Firstly, there are many obstacles that are the perfect heigh for head glitching (having a vantage point that exposes only your head and nothing else) in Water Treatment; using these to your advantage can win you a fight. Secondly, the sewer system is an incredibly powerful tool for flanking and hiding. You can use them to maneuver around easily, so long as you brought a light.

There are also some key areas in water treatment as well.

  • The Wheel Room – The wheel room has the best loot (without using cards) in the whole monument. It has the potential to spawn 4 crates at once, which can be incredible early on.
  • Jump Puzzle – This area can, similar to the wheel room, spawn some good loot that is reachable with a little parkouring effort.
  • Water Tower – This is the highest point in the monument, and in fact the entire game. If you can control this tower with a ranged weapon, you can control what fights happen here.

To complete the puzzle for Water Treatment, start by running to the Wheel Room (5). Once here, you will need to insert a fuse on the second floor and flip the switch. After this, run to the Main Building (2) and swipe your blue card. The office in the back will have the red card. To get out after grabbing it, you’ll simply need to flip the switch.


water treatment monument guide
Water Treatment Plant Monument Guide

The following callouts correspond to the numbers on the image above:

  1. Train Tunnel Entrance
  2. Main Room / Puzzle Room / Red Room
  3. Circles Box
  4. Water Tower
  5. Wheel Room
  6. Jump Puzzle
  7. Pump Jack

Take a trip to Water Treatment and get ready for some easy-to-acquire loot! Just be on the lookout for everyone else with the same idea. Afterward, check out our other Monument Guides for information on the other monuments.

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