Wastewater Education

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Elementary Curriculum

United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Elementary Resources
Click above to visit the USEPA's Environmental Kids Club. Select the "Water" link and then the "Sewage In Your Face" link to access the City of San Diego's interactive wastewater resources.

Wastewater Enviroscape Lesson 
Click above for more information on how to use an interactive Enviroscape model as a hands-on learning tool to teach what happens to water after we use it (how sewage/wastewater is treated). 

If you are interested in a wastewater presentation, please visit our Presentations page.

Middle School Curriculum

SD1 Wastewater Fact Sheet
This fact sheet serves as an introduction for the following wastewater lessons and activities. It summarizes SD1's role within the community, briefly describes wastewater usage and treatment and more.

Add It Up – Part 1 – School Usage Lesson
This lesson aligns with Kentucky core content standards in Practical Living and Math for grade seven. Students will be introduced to SD1s role in the community, learn the term wastewater and discuss daily activities that use water. They will discover the amount of water used by the average individual and the amount of water used by their class in a single day of school. They will compare and analyze data, make bar graphs and participate in an environmental discussion. 

Add It Up – Part 2 – Home Usage Lesson
The lesson aligns with Kentucky core content standards in Practical Living and Math for grade seven. Students will be able to measure the amount of water they use at home on an average day and will develop an awareness of how much water they consume and dirty. They will compare and analyze data, work in groups, calculate percentages and angle measures, construct and interpret basic circle graphs, present their findings and participate in an environmental discussion. 

EPA Water Source Book
Browse the bottom of the page for your grade level and click on "Drinking and Wastewater Treatment."  This environmental education program explains the water management cycle using a balanced approach showing how it affects all aspects of the environment. All activities contain hands-on investigations, fact sheets, reference materials and a glossary of terms. Activities are organized by objectives, materials needed, background information, advance preparation, procedures and resources. All parts of the program may be printed and copied.  For more information, see the links below "About Water Sourcebooks."  

If you are interested in a presentation, please visit our Presentations page. If you are interested in bringing your group on a tour of one of SD1's Wastewater Treatment Plants/Water Reclamation Facilities, please visit our Field Trips and Tours page.

High School and Up

SD1 Wastewater Fact Sheet
This fact sheet serves as an introduction for the following wastewater lessons and activities. It summarizes SD1's role within the community, briefly describes wastewater usage and treatment and more.

WEF Lesson
The Water Environment Federation (WEF) has created a wastewater treatment lesson suited for students in grades nine through 12. You can download this lesson by clicking here. WEF is a not-for-profit, educational and technical organization with a strong history and reputation as a definitive resource in water quality. 

EPA Water Source Book

Browse the bottom of the page for your grade level and click on "Drinking and Wastewater Treatment." This environmental education program explains the water management cycle using a balanced approach showing how it affects all aspects of the environment. All activities contain hands-on investigations, fact sheets, reference materials and a glossary of terms.  Activities are organized by objectives, materials needed, background information, advance preparation, procedures and resources. All parts of the program may be printed and copied.  For more information, see the links below "About Water Sourcebooks."   

If you are interested in a presentation, please visit our Presentations page.  If you are interested in bringing your group on a tour of one of SD1's Wastewater Treatment Plants/Water Reclamation Facilities, please visit our Field Trips and Tours page.

Videos and Electronic Resources for All Ages

Shooting Star Video
Length of clip: 2-minutes
An astronaut gives us a glimpse into some of the everyday challenges of living on a space craft. This video is a humorous look at the way human waste is handled in space. 

Liquid Assets 
Click above to visit the Liquid Assets page where you can watch a 4-minute trailer or a 16-minute documentary overview. If you would like to check out the full length documentary, please contact SD1's Environmental Education Manager by calling the Storm Water Hotline at 859-578-6745 or emailing info@sd1.org

Water Environment Federation (WEF) Aquaventurer Time Machine
The Aqua Venturer© is an interactive global timeline of water and wastewater past, present, and future. Learn the story of water, its treatment and use throughout history, and its importance to life on Earth. At the click of a mouse, you can browse through more than 10,000 years of history with interesting anecdotes, colorful photos, video clips and music. 

*Make sure to download the Teacher Guide for lesson ideas that incorporate the wastewater timeline. These lessons can be adapted to upper elementary through high school instruction.

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