Clean Water University

The Metropolitan Wastewater Management Commission and the City of Springfield, along with the City of Eugene and support from other community partners, are proud to offer the Clean Water University program to Eugene-Springfield area 5th grade classes, free of charge. Traditionally held in person in the fall at the MWMC’s Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant, Clean Water University provides an opportunity to learn about wastewater, stormwater, and drinking water. Though we shifted to a virtual curriculum offering for the 2020-2021 school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the overarching goal of the program remains the same: to teach students about the importance of clean water.

All 5th grade classes in the area are invited to participate in the curriculum during the winter 2021 term, with lessons covering:

  • Water Cycle
  • Drinking Water
  • Water Quality
  • Macroinvertebrates
  • Wastewater Treatment
  • Microorganisms
  • Pollution Prevention
  • Sustainability
  • Plus a fun Wrap-Up Jeopardy Game!

For more information and links to all lesson materials along with our Teachers’ Guide, visit springfield-or.gov/city/development-public-works/clean-water-university. For questions or if you’re interested in learning more about Clean Water University, email mwmcpartners@springfield-or.gov or call 541.726.2233.

The Microorganisms video below is just one example of the fun and educational content included, featuring our very own Lead Treatment Plant Operator, Matt Green. Check it out!

Additionally, Eugene School District 4J Library Media Services recently came out to our Wastewater Treatment Plant for a virtual tour, which is included in our Clean Water University curriculum as bonus material. Give it a watch for a behind the scenes look at how we clean water!

Please note that the below images are from past in-person field trips, which were held pre-COVID. For the 2020-2021 school year, we have shifted to a virtual curriculum due to the pandemic. We hope to return to an in-person field trip offering during the 2021-2022 school year.