Water



The
New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Office of Education. DEP provides preK-12 students and teachers with a wide range of free programs and resources about the City’s water supply and wastewater treatment systems, sound and noise quality, and other environmental concerns . To schedule a program, please e mail  educationoffice@dep.nyc.gov . Visit the DEP website for additional information about fun programs, field trips, funding opportunities, print materials, and other resources.

NYC Toilet Replacement Program

Since 2012, DOE and DEP have partnered to install new, high efficiency water-efficient fixtures in the bathrooms of 500 City schools. The retrofit program began as a pilot in 2012 at Hillcrest and Bayside High Schools in Queens, where the installation of 350 high efficiency toilets and urinals has been completed. Starting in Summer 2013, DOE has been working in 23 additional schools to install high efficiency bathroom fixtures, and retrofits at 500 schools are scheduled to be completed by 2018. Overall, the project will upgrade nearly 40,000 bathroom fixtures and is projected to reduce citywide water consumption by approximately four million gallons per day. The approximately $31 million retrofit project is being funded by DEP. Press Release

The water conservation project is part of New York City’s Water for the Future Program, a $2.1 billion initiative to ensure clean, reliable, and safe drinking water for nine million New Yorkers for decades to come. As part of the Program, DEP will repair leaks in the Delaware Aqueduct that supplies roughly half of the city’s daily drinking water needs. In order to make repairs to the Aqueduct, the tunnel must be temporarily shut down between 2020 and 2021. In addition to supplementing the city’s water supply during the shutdown, DEP aims to reduce citywide water consumption by five percent through conservation programs.

DEP also offers free materials and educational tools. Below are free activities for your school and students:

2014 Water Resources Art & Poetry Contest
The New York City Department of Environmental Protection sponsors an annual Water Resources Art & Poetry Contest. This special program gives students from New York City and the NYC Watersheds a chance to creatively express their understanding of our shared water resources. Learn more

Visitor Center at Newtown Creek 
Located at the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, the Visitor Center features installations and special programming for school groups, describing the source of our great tasting, healthy drinking water; how the city's wastewater treatent and sewers work; and simple fun ways to conserve water. To schedule a field trip, download the education outreach request form and email it to educationoffice@dep.nyc.gov.

Newtown Creek Nature Walk
Explore the first public waterfront access to Newtown Creek to learn about wastewater treatment, harbor water quality, and the history of New York City. Located in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn, this quarter-mile nature walk offers stunning views of New York City and the local industrial landscape. Learn more

Magic School Bus at the Waterworks: Special New york City Edition
This special NYC edition takes Mrs. frizzle and her students on an adventorous raindrop-to-faucet tour of the NYC Water Supply System. Email the education office for your free class copy and teacher guide.





The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) WaterSense Program's mission is to protect the future of our nation’s water supply by promoting and enhancing the market for water-efficient products and services. Use their tools to increase knowledge on water resources, calculate water consumption, and other games for kids and teachers at EPA WaterSense Kids.