Where does our water come from? How does it get from source to tap, and what happens after it is used? College Station Utilities offers a variety of presentations, educational videos, and hands-on activities that teach students about water conservation, the water cycle, water quality, wastewater treatment, and pollution prevention.
How to Schedule a Presentation
For more information about the programs listed below, please call (979) 764-6223, or email Jennifer Douglass Nations, Water Resource Coordinator. When scheduling your tour or presentation, it's helpful, but not required, if you can provide the approximate number of people in your group and their grade level or specific interests.
Model Aquifer: 3rd grade and up
What is groundwater? What is an Aquifer? How is groundwater different from surface water? How can we protect this precious resource? The groundwater model is a tabletop display used to demonstrate the principles of groundwater flow, show students how an aquifer works, and demonstrate the importance of protecting our aquifer's recharge zone. (Note: This presentation requires access to water.)
Major Rivers: 4th & 5th grade
Major Rivers is an educational outreach program designed to teach 4th and 5th graders about our water, how to conserve it and how to prevent polluting it. In eight lessons, students will learn about the water cycle, Texas water supply, watersheds, how our water usage affects our world, storm water and much more. The program is "hosted" by Major Rivers (named for the major rivers of Texas) and his horse Aquifer. Varied lessons using activities in math, science, language arts and social studies teach students about Texas' major water resources, how water is treated and delivered to their homes and schools, and how to use water resources wisely.
All lessons are correlated to current Texas learning objectives for 4th and 5th grade. The teacher package includes student workbooks, pre-test and post-test sheets, home information leaflets, and an introductory video. Classroom materials of this curriculum are available upon request for teachers who would like to teach the unit at their own pace, and the program can be presented "assembly style" to multiple classes at the same time.
Learning to be Water Wise: 5th - 6th grade
This is a nationally recognized water conservation education curriculum developed by the National Energy Foundation. Each student receives a kit containing water-saving showerheads and faucet aerators as a supplement to in-class activities. The program has shown great success in reducing per capita water consumption for the students and families who participate in the program, saving over 32 billion gallons of water and wastewater nationwide. All of the activities in this program are correlated to current Texas learning objectives for 5th and 6th grade.