Water Scene Investigation
Water Scene Investigators use their powers of observation and skills at scientific data collection to carry out an investigation of water use. Sleuthing for signs of water waste they apply their knowledge of water auditing at home. Participants in the WSI communicate with family members about their water use patterns and measure their faucets’ average flow rate before and after the installation of a new water efficient aerator. WSI Investigators file their report here at the WSI Reporting Portal. They can then compare their water savings with Water Scene Investigators across the state.
Top 10 Yearly Water Savings
(gallons per year)
The WSI program can be used by educators, businesses, public agencies, non-formal education, and the community to engage 5th through 9th grade students in a project focused on water conservation, efficiency, and water auditing. The WSI is a two‐day, in‐classroom project; the two days should be separated by a week to allow for homework completion. It may also be easily adapted for non‐classroom use, for example in community groups or clubs, with youth or with adults.
The WSI inspires simple actions that result in real water savings. This year, students involved in APW programs that use the WSI activity in and out of school saved a projected 18,973,169 gallons of water through applying their knowledge and installing water efficient devices.
The WSI is a participatory method of learning STEM skills. Students utilize math skills by measuring water use before and after the installation of new faucet aerators, and then calculating annual water use in gallons per year using mathematical thinking skills. They gain critical awareness of scientific principles of measurement, accuracy, prediction, observation, problem solving, analysis and well-reasoned conclusion-making based on data-driven evidence as they perform the faucet audit with their own hands and minds.
WSI Investigators will:
- Brainstorm household water uses
- Learn about water efficient technology
- Learn how to install an aerator on a faucet
- Follow a set procedure
- Measure water flow and inventory water use
- Make mathematical conversions
- Analyze scientific data and draw conclusions
- Make recommendations for ways to use water more efficiently