Celebrate Drinking Water Week
San Antonio Water System invites you to celebrate Drinking Water Week with us from May 2-8! The American Water Works Association and its members, like SAWS, have celebrated Drinking Water Week for more than 40 years to recognize the vital role water plays in our daily lives. Here’s how you can learn about and show your appreciation for water:
How to Participate: Teachers, parents and students, kinder through 5th grade, are encouraged to participate in learning activities created by SAWS Education to learn about their drinking water.
How to Share: Once you’ve completed the activities or projects, feel free to post a video or picture of your participation on your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts and be sure to tag @mysaws in the post so we can see it! And be sure to use the hashtags: #DrinkingWaterWeek and #SATXstrong.
This is just another way we, as a community, can come together to celebrate our valuable resource!
Our Water Source
Most of San Antonio’s water comes from groundwater in an aquifer. Our aquifer is called the Edwards Aquifer. To get groundwater, a well is used to pump it out and send it to you. Find out how water is pumped from a well by building your own!
Materials: You will need a clear vase or cup, gravel/ pebbles, a liquid soap dispenser pump and water. (Rice or beans can replace gravel.)
Instructions: Fill your cup with pebbles and then pour in water until the cup is about half full. It represents groundwater in an aquifer. Put the soap dispenser in the cup so that the end is at the bottom of the cup. It represents the pump for your well. Press on the top of the dispenser to start pumping water out!
Check out the video links and other resources below to learn more about groundwater and wells:
|K-5th: Know Your H2O|
|K-5th: Groundwater (pdf)|
|K-5th: Video: Drop Inside The Edwards Aquifer|
|3rd-5th: Video: How an Aquifer Works|
|4th-5th: Video: Understanding Aquifers: Demonstration with a Physical Model|
|4th-5th: Video Part II: Unconfined and Confined Aquifers|
Have you ever wondered how water gets to your house? Water utilities like San Antonio Water System deliver water through tubes called pipes.
|Game Board (Color)|
|Game Board (B&W)|
Watch the SciKids video below to learn more about getting water from its source to you.
|Video: How Does Water Get to Your House?|
Play the WaterWorks game!
Print the game board, playing cards and instructions. There are two versions, one color and the other black and white for you to color yourself! Construct the game board and play the game according to the instructions provided.
Water Tower Tours
Water towers help keep water moving through pipes and are an important part of our water system. Have you seen a water tower in your neighborhood?
To learn how a water tower works, watch the Water Geek: Distribution video.
|Video: Water Geek: Distribution|
|Water Distribution (pdf)|
Sometimes water towers have murals painted on them or they can be decorated in interesting ways. Look up pictures of water towers online to see a wide variety. Now, design your own water tower, draw a picture of it, or actually build a model of it!
Water Conservation Math
Water is one of our most important resources. All living things need it to survive. That’s why it is so important for us to use it wisely!
How much water do you use before bed and how can you save more water?
|Average Bath||Average Shower||Brush Teeth Water Off||Brush Teeth Water On|
|40 gallons||2 gallons per minute||1 gallon||4 gallons|
Susan’s bedtime routine is to take a bath and then brush her teeth with the water running.
_____ gallons to take a bath
_____ gallons to brush teeth
_____ Total gallons Susan uses before bed
Jackie’s bedtime routine is to take a 5 minute shower and then brush her teeth with the water off.
_____ gallons to take a shower
_____ gallons to brush teeth
_____ Total gallons Jackie uses before bed
Who uses more water with their bedtime routine?
How much more water does she use per day? _____ gallons
How much more water does she use per week? _____ gallons
How much more water does she use per month? _____ gallons
What are some things that you can do at home to save water every single day?