School Water Audit Program
The School Water Audit Program (SWAP) develops and strengthens mutual responsibility for efficient water use through school and community projects by generating credible water use and savings data that are compelling and motivating. There’s no better time than right now to understand our water use practices. By examining how we use water on a daily basis, we can make changes to use water more responsibly.
A STEM Program
The School Water Audit Program is a real-world and relevant STEM education program. Through the application of science and mathematics, students investigate and quantify water use at school. They study technological ways to reduce water use and they install water efficient fixtures. They engineer and implement water conservation solutions. Student groups share their findings, ideas, and recommendations with other students and adults alike.
The SWAP Curriculum was written to inspire student-driven inquiry through a meaningful scientific and engineering process. After the introductory Water Use Inventory, the audit branches to either indoor-focused or outdoor-focused investigations. The first unit of each branch is designed as a teacher-driven unit to teach scientific and mathematical thinking and investigation processes. As the project progresses through each investigation branch, the complexity of the variables that affect the focus questions increase. By the final unit on each side of the flow chart, students are tasked with designing their own inquiry; writing a procedure, data charts and equipment list; and with implementing their investigation. The culminating communication of their School Water Audit findings, water savings, ideas and recommendations is an essential component of this curriculum.
- Students investigate water use at their school and initiate changes by installing water-efficient technology.
- Students apply their knowledge at home and teach parents and neighbors to invest in water-saving devices.
- Teachers utilize relevant SWAP investigations to engage students and thereby improve student achievement.
- Volunteers invest in K-12 education by facilitating SWAP investigations that connect students to real-word experiences.
- Student leaders communicate their data-driven recommendations and galvanize community members.
- Business leaders are incentivized to get involved in positive community action projects.
- Water is saved through student action; over 50 million gallons so far!