4th-12th - Groundwater Presentations

Grade Level
4th through 12th, technical and terminology content varies with upper levels.  Maximum of 50 students.

Approximately-30 minutes (model demonstration) 20 minutes (videos)

The Groundwater Soil Profile shows how water is stored and moves underground.  Also shows how vulnerable the groundwater is to different pollutants, therefore contaminating the groundwater source.

Students will learn that water is a limited and vulnerable resource.  They will learn ways to conserve and help prevent groundwater contamination.


  • 1 pint of water
  • food color
  • 60 cc syringe
  • 3” x1/4” tubing

Pour water into reservoirs then add food color to represent fresh water (blue) and contaminated water (red).  When discharge water with syringe then will show contamination.

Additional Teaching Tools

Groundwater Adventure and Saving Water videos by Water Environment Federation are used and total approximately 20 minutes.



El Paso Water Utilities
Discovery Education

The El Paso Water Utilities Discovery Education Center located at the El Paso Zoo is now open. The center features special displays about water conservation, a desert spring exhibit with live animals, computer learning stations, and a research library focused for elementary school groups to learn about our Chihuahuan desert.

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