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The City of Springfield and the Metropolitan Wastewater Management Commission (MWMC) are proud to offer the "Clean Water University" program to Springfield School District 5th grade classes, free of charge. The program is based on a series of hands-on, interactive workshops. The program consists of 3, 1-hour in-classroom sessions and a 2 hour tour of the treatment plant. All materials are provided. At the end of the program, students participate in a "graduation" celebration.

The program is available fall and spring terms. Limited space is available in the workshop schedule, so book your class' spot early in the school year! Call us at 541.726.3694.

Workshops include:

  • The Incredible Journey (water cycle and the importance of water)
  • What's in the Water (overview of stormwater system, pollutants that can get into the system and prevention steps)
  • Wastewater Treatment Process
  • Wastewater Treatment Facility Tour (field trip)

"I thought at first that these weren't important in life. But now that I know everything, it's actually pretty exciting! I love CWU! Grade for CWU: A++ and so on!" ~Kai, Thurston Elementary~

"My favorite lesson was when we got to look at the aquatic macroinvertebrates. I know that mayfly larva have three tails and that they breath through their gills. Another thing I learned was that water needs to be clean for fish to breath." ~Ashley, Moffitt Elementary~

Students looking at aquatic macroinvertebrates Students performing water quality test Students planting trees for Arbor Week


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