King County Wastewater Treatment Division offers a variety of resources to educators to support bringing clean water education into the classroom. The kits listed below are available for check out to use in your classroom.
To check out a kit from the Brightwater Education Center, CONTACT:
- Katelyn Hunt, coordinator
|Unit name||Unit purpose||Unit objectives|
|Wastewater for Wee Ones (K-2 grade)||
|Wonders of Wastewater (grades 3-5)||
- How Water Gets Dirty poster
- Global sanitation poster
- Parts of the Cycle Animated short that explains how water reaches our homes, how we change it, and how we are all part of the cycle.
- The Poop Cycle AsapScience explains what happens when you flush the toilet.
- Thirst presentation on water scarcity.
- Watercycle poster
- LOTTs of Fun Water Activities activity book
- National Environmental Education Week (K-12)
- Project Wet Educator Guides (grades K-12)
- Global Water Supply curriculum project , published by water.org (grades K-12)
- WaterAid resources for students (grades K-12)
- Water.org global water supply curriculum project (grades K-12)
- Water on the Web curricula (grades 9-12 and undergraduate)
- King County Hazardous Waste School Program (grades 4-12)
- King County Green Schools Program water conservation lessons
The following titles are available from the King County Library System:
- The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why it Matters by Rose George. New York: Metropolitan Books, 2008.
- Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and the Coming Battle for the Right to Water by Maude Barlow. New York: New Press, 2008.
- Everyone Poops by Gomi Taro. Brooklyn, New York: Kane/Miller Book Publishers, 1993.
- Flush! Treating Wastewater by Karen Mueller Coombs. Minneapolis: Carolrhoda Books, 1995.
- Invisible Allies: Microbes that Shape Our Lives by Jeanette Farrell. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2005.
- Toilets of the World by Morna Gregory and Sian James. London: Merrell, 2006.
- Unquenchable: America's Water Crisis and What To Do About It by Robert Glennon. Washington, D.C.: Island Press, 2009.
- Water: A Special Issue by National Geographic. 2010.
- E3 Washington supports environmental and sustainability education for everyone who lives, learns, works, and plays in Washington State.
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency environmental education website offers lessons plans, curriculum, teacher training, and funding opportunities.
- Washington Environmental Council works on advocacy and legislation that will protect, restore, and sustain Washington's environment.
- The Nature Conservancy is a conservation organization working around the world to protect the lands and waters on which all life depends.
- Washington State Department of Ecology resources for educators and students includes curricula, trainings, and references for student research projects.
- Wastewater Treatment Methods & Disposal (ENV 149, Mountain Empire Community College)
- Water properties and measurements (U.S. Geological Survey)
- Water-related public health topics (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- What is Nonpoint Source Pollution? (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)
- Environmental resources for teachers and students (King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks)
- King County wetlands (King County Water and Land Division)
- Puget Sound marine topics (King County Water and Land Division)
- Resource recovery (King County Wastewater Treatment Division)
Wastewater treatment in King County
- Cedar Hills Regional Landfill provides information to school field trips, organizations, and the general public about what happens to garbage after it leaves your home and what happens to all the trash collected at the transfer facility.
- Cedar River Watershed Education Center offers school field trips, public tours, and an environmental education facility.
- Islandwood Environmental Center offers field trips at their Bainbridge Island campus and at Brightwater Center, day camps, and teacher professional development. They also offer public tours and community programs .
- Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust Education Program offers field trips and programming for 4th-12th grade students in King County with high-quality, science-based outdoor learning opportunities. They are also a Wheels to Water partner.
New information is continually emerging about the natural and synthetic chemicals people dispose of every day in their sinks and toilets. While scientists nationally and internationally study the effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), King County is taking several preventive steps to protect public health and the environment (refer to fact sheet).
Downloads and resources
- Fact Sheet: Endocrine disrupting chemicals in the environment, October 2007
- Fact Sheet insert: Endocrine disrupting chemicals that are potentially of concern and Filtration treatment process. October 2007.
- Survey of Endocrine Disruptors in King County Surface Waters, issued April 2007.
Studies have shown that pharmaceuticals and chemicals in our personal care products (shampoos, lotions, perfume, bug sprays) are present in our nation's waterbodies. Research suggests that certain chemicals in drugs and personal care products may cause ecological harm.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other organizations are committed to investigating this topic and developing strategies to help protect the health of both the environment and the public. To date, scientists have found no evidence of adverse human health effects from PPCPs in the environment. Learn more about: