Soaking in Water Knowledge

Changing the social norm on water conservation begins with education and the earlier we start, the more we’ll absorb.  Central Basin keeps this in mind while we work with local schools to offer educational programs.  One of the programs available is Water Squad Investigations, offered to 4th through 12th grade students.  Launched in 2006, the program is a collaboration between Central Basin, the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts, and the Whittier Narrows Nature Center.  

The program allows students to tour the San Jose Creek Water Reclamation Plant (SJCWRP) and learn about the watersheds, conservation and water recycling. While visiting the SJCWRP, students learn that the plant began its operation in 1971 and it provides primary, secondary and tertiary treatment for 100 million gallons of wastewater per day.  Students have the unique opportunity of seeing each stage of the treatment process—and perhaps more important, learn about the role recycled water plays in our effort to conserve water. 

After an exciting tour of the SJCWRP, students continue soaking in water knowledge by visiting the Whittier Narrows Nature Center for a watershed lesson.  Here, students have a nature encounter—getting up close and personal with a Great Horned Owl, touching a snake, and learning about native plants…all while walking along the San Gabriel Trails.

If you would like to learn more about the Water Squad Investigation or to schedule a program date, please contact Mark Moss, Education Manager, via email at