Project WET is an interactive elementary school science program aimed at educating students about the importance of water. In partnership with Richmond elementary school teachers and City of Richmond Public Works staff, this program for grade 4 through 7 students is designed to inform, entertain and educate students on the importance of water quality, conservation and supply. The acronym “WET” stands for “Water Education Team.” The main objective is to promote higher-level thinking skills while learning about the fundamentals of water quality, water consumption and waste in an interactive and fun environment.
Students can expect to learn:
- Water sampling and quality testing
- Technological changes
- The importance of fire hydrants and how they work
- The uses of watermains, automatic flushing units, valves and meters
- Inspection camera technology
- Storm sewer pipes and systems
- Pump stations and how they work
- How our dikes help to keep our island afloat
- Richmond’s emergency water treatment trailer
Students are invited to the City of Richmond's Works Yard for a half day field trip that consists of interactive, fun and hands-on stations. Class registration is required.
There are several interactive displays with staff guiding students through key learning objectives for each. Stations include:
- Water distribution system
- Water meters
- Fire hydrants and valves
- Water locating technologies
- Storm and sanitary pump stations
- Storm and sanitary systems
- Environmental programs
- CCTV technology
To learn more about other City initiatives to protect our natural environment, visit the City's Environmental Sustainability section on this site.