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Water Towers – Bernd and Hilla Becher

Water Sculptor – Giles Raynor

“The effects of light and sound in combination with movement, can add a totally new dimension. At different times of day or night, sculptures can reach the senses in a new way.”

The TAMU Water Project is dedicated to and inspired by the residents of the Texas Colonias. The documentary film, The Forgotten Americans (2000) highlights the lives of Colonias residents. For more information, visit

In 1992, the UN General Assembly designated March 22 as “World Water Day” to draw international attention to the critical lack of clean, safe drinking water worldwide. Read More In 2007, 69 cities across the United States passed resolutions acknowledging March 22 as World Water Day. Read More

Here is an elementary school curriculum based on the interdisciplinary study of water, authored by Becky Dixon, Clear Creek Elementary School, Bloomington, Indiana.

This article describes a project on water undertaken by kindergarten students. The article first lists criteria that help determine the merit of a topic for study. A discussion of how the water project emerged follows. Preliminary work by the teachers, the formation of groups to explore specific aspects of water, and the results of each group’s work are then discussed. The role of the teacher in providing teacher-directed activities to complement project work is presented. The article also examines how the activities undertaken during a project meet state and local standards.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency Ground Water and Drinking Water website reminds us that the National Ground Water Awareness Week is March 9-15, 2008. The site also offers important educational and research information.

The Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water (OGWDW), together with states, tribes, and its many partners, protects public health by ensuring safe drinking water and protecting ground water. OGWDW, along with EPA’s ten regional drinking water programs, oversees implementation of the Safe Drinking Water Act, which is the national law safeguarding tap water in America.

Information on the UNICEF website pertains to water issues. Among the content on this site includes curriculum materials for K-12 learning environments and reports about water, environmental and sanitation issues worldwide.

The opening paragraph on the homepage of the Water, Environment and Sanitation part of the UNICEF site reads:

More than 2.6 billion people – forty per cent of the world’s population – lack basic sanitation facilities, and over one billion people still use unsafe drinking water sources. As a result, thousands of children die every day from diarrhoea and other water-, sanitation- and hygiene-related diseases and many more suffer and are weakened by illness.

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