Where Does Your Drinking Water Come From?
In this lesson, students will first learn about surface and ground water sources for drinking water. Then, they will learn about the processes and procedures of a water treatment center – either by taking a field trip to a treatment plant or by conducting online research via websites such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Geological Survey's Water Science for Schools. Students will learn where their drinking water comes from, how the water gets to the treatment center, what is done to treat the water and where the water goes once it leaves the treatment center. Many of these steps require energy; students will learn in more detail how much energy is used to transport and treat the water that comes out of the tap and later present what they have learned to others.
5, 6, 7, 8
Ecology, Writing (composition), Earth Science
National Environmental Education Foundation