K12 Education

West Basin offers a wide array of educational programs, contests and tours to help students in grades 3 – 12 learn about water, how it is processed, and water conservation.

Education Newsletter

Educators and school administrators can sign up for the Waterworks Newsletter to learn about the latest education programs West Basin offers.

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Water Recycling Facility Field Trips

School Tours

You and our students can learn more about the sources of our precious Southern California water supply, the importance of water wise stewardship and about West Basin water conservation and sustainability programs that can benefit your students’ families. Virtual field trips serve 3rd – 12th graders. Please visit our Field Trips page for more details.

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A Drop in the Bucket 

A Drop in the Bucket,  is a free, in-classroom and virtual program offered in partnership with The Wildwoods Foundation. Teachers of 3rd through 8th grade classes in the West Basin service area are eligible to sign up. A water education program instructor will join your class, so that students can participate in fun-filled lessons exploring Southern California’s water resources and learn about practical water conservation methods.

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Water Star Detective Game

Be a Water Star Detective and catch all the water-wasters by playing this online game.

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Games and Classroom Resources

Visit our Games and Resources page for educational resources.

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Water Industry Careers 

West Basin provides a variety of opportunities to help students explore the fulfilling and diverse careers in the water industry, including:

  • Career-themed water recycling facility tours
  • Live classroom career presentations
  • Pre-recorded water industry professional panel interviews
  • …and more!

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Student Art Contest

West Basin fosters student creativity and helps teachers put the Art in STEAM education by hosting the annual art contest! Student artists help inspire their communities to support water conservation as a way of life by creating eye-catching artwork with smart water use slogans.

The 14 student winners from the 2024 student art contest will move onto a regional art contest held by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

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Teach and Test Program

West Basin is a proud sponsor of the Surfrider Foundation’s Teach and Test Program where student volunteers from four local high schools collect water samples and analyze the water quality from our South Bay beaches for one year.

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Water Bottle Filling Station Grants

West Basin Municipal Water District’s Water Bottle Filling Station  Program helps provide local students with access to safe and reliable tap water to refill personal, reusable bottles. West Basin grants are available – up to $2,000 per applicant – for the purchase of an indoor or outdoor filling station at public schools within our service area.

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