Education Programs

SBMWD strives to help our community learn about water, including where it comes from, how we use it, and how to conserve it. We promote water and wastewater education both in and outside of the classroom through interactive workshops, presentations, events, and collaboration with local education leaders.

Thank you to all who participated in the 2020 Water Conservation Poster Contest!

Water Drop Shapes with artwork

View the 2020 Poster Contest Announcement

View the latest conservation presentation with more information on the contest.

Each year, SBMWD holds a water conservation poster contest throughout our service area to encourage students to use their creativity by illustrating the importance of water conservation. The winning students and their teachers are recognized for their efforts with awards presentations and the selected artwork is featured in our annual water conservation calendar. Winners of the 2020 contest will receive a $100 cash prize and winning artwork will be featured in the Water Department’s annual Water Conservation Calendar.

Parents: Please contact Devin Arciniega at Devin.Arciniega@sbmwd.org for more information on how to participate. 

Teachers: If you would like your classroom to participate in the contest, please contact Jasmine Clark with the Inland Empire Resource Conservation District at (909) 283-7780 or jclark@IERCD.org for more information. 

The contest is open to students in Kindergarten through 12th grade within the San Bernardino City Unified School District, or the City of SBMWD service area.


Poster Contest Artwork


View the 2020 Water Conservation Calendar

Virtual Water Education Activities 

SBMWD is working with the Inland Empire Resource Conservation District (IERCD) to develop virtual water education lessons for grades K-12. 

These fun follow-along activities are designed to be completed with supplies easily found at home. The lessons teach curious young minds about water resources and conservation while meeting Next Generation Science teaching standards. 

Lesson 5: Watersheds

Learn about natural water systems by following this fun video activity on watersheds.

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Lesson 4: Evaporation

Let’s have some fun in the sun while learning about evaporation!

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Lesson 3: Density

Watch this video to learn how to do a fun experiment that demonstrates the density of water.


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Lesson 2: Water Stages Inspiration

Watch this video to learn more about the different stages of water and get creative to make a watercolor picture that represents all three! 

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Lesson 1: Surface Tension (Grades K-2)

Watch this video to learn more about the importance of proper hand washing and about the amazing properties of water.

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Water Education Classroom Presentations

In addition to hosting our annual Water Conservation Poster Contest, SBMWD works closely with the IERCD to offer programs and in-classroom presentations that support the science curriculum goals of teachers throughout our service area.

IERCD Education Team

These presentations cover a wide range of information related to our local water supplies and focus on our continued need for conservation and public stewardship. 

View the 4th/5th grade water conservation presentation. 

Teachers: Do you want to participate in the annual poster contest or schedule a water conservation presentation for your classroom? Call us at (909) 384-5141 for more information.

IERCD educator in classroom

Inland Solar Challenge

The Inland Solar Challenge gathers high school students across the Inland Empire to build and race solar powered boats while learning about water resource management. SBMWD helps sponsor, plan and participate in this annual event to promote water conservation and water education in our community. Congratulations to our Department team, Cajon High School, for taking home the gold three years in a row! Go Cowboys!

Learn more about the event at Inlandsolarchallenge.com 

Cajon Inland Solar Challenge Team with Boat