In 1978, EBMUD began an education outreach program so that students can learn about where their water comes from and how it flows through EBMUD's water system while delivering quality drinking water and protecting public health and the environment. Students can learn about conservation, pollution prevention and watershed stewardship with our educational tools and field trips.
EBMUD offers classroom materials in English and Spanish for K-12 students, outdoor classroom programs from November to April, summer internships and wastewater treatment plant tours.
EBMUD provides free student and teacher workbooks designed for K-2, 3rd-6th and 7th-12th grades. Order free classroom materials at EBMUD's online store.
Other classroom resources include lesson plans from our partners:
- American Water Works Association teacher and activity guide
- California Department of Water Resources education materials
- Dublin San Ramon Services District classroom programs about water
- Environmental Protection Agency WaterSense for kids
- U.S. Geological Survey water cycle for schools and kids
- Water Education Foundation Project Wet
Find out what happens to the dirty water from your toilet, shower and laundry after it goes down the drain--take a tour of EBMUD’s Wastewater Treatment Plant. East Bay residents and students in middle and high school are invited to tour EBMUD’s Wastewater Treatment Plant in Oakland March through October. Sign up for a tour.
Outdoor classrooms on watershed stewardship
Register your students for an outdoor excursion, where EBMUD's ranger-naturalists host classrooms on our watershed to educate students about creek restoration, reforestation and natural history programs. Outdoor classes are offered November through April on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Protecting the San Francisco Bay is part of EBMUD's commitment to protecting public health and the environment. Learn more about what individuals, including teachers and families can do to protect the Bay. Take the next step and find out how you can make your school more Bay-friendly!
Information about EBMUD’s drinking water quality can be found here.
Water conservation education
How much water does your school use and where can you achieve water savings? Contact us for a free water use survey!
EBMUD helps community organizations fund publicly accessible gardens and urban farm projects that demonstrate water conservation principles. WaterSmart garden grant applications are accepted year-round.
EBMUD is proud to participate in the Alameda County and Contra Costa County Science Fairs through the “Excellence in Water and Wastewater Research Awards.” Students and teachers who decide to explore a water-related topic can compete for special cash prizes ($100 to $400) and recognition from the Agencies in which they live.
This program was developed by a coalition of Alameda County and Contra Costa County water and wastewater agencies in 2013 to recognize outstanding student projects in the world of water.
High school summer internships to gain hands-on knowledge of water careers are available to students in EBMUD's service area.
Current internship partners include:
- Biotech Partners - open to Berkeley High, Oakland Tech, Antioch and San Marin High students.
- College Track Oakland - open to Oakland Unified School District high school students.
- Eden Area ROP - open to San Lorenzo Unified School District high school students.
- Exploring College and Career Options with Oakland Unified School District - open to Oakland Unified School District high school students.
- San Lorenzo Unified School District - open to San Lorenzo Unified School District high school students.
- West Contra Costa Unified School District - open to West Contra Costa Unified School District high school students.
EBMUD employs locals who are proud to deliver high-quality drinking water, protect public health and the environment through their work. Visit our Job resources page if you are interested in learning more about EBMUD careers and/or to enroll in one of our partner trade programs.
Need a speaker for your classroom or school event to talk about where your water comes from, environmental science as it relates to water, public health, pollution prevention or other water/wastewater topic? Fill out the Speaker Request Form. To request EBMUD employees for a career fair, please send this form to Diversity and Inclusion.
Learn about where your water comes from and where it ends up in our East Bay Express article, "Watershed to Bay." You will have access to an illustrated flip book detailing your water's life cycle and actions you can take to protect our precious shared water resources.