Teachers Take Plunge into Water Externships


Teachers learn about lab procedures from a manager at EBMUD

Ten Bay Area teachers took the plunge into the world of water and wastewater agencies by participating in BAYWORK week-long externships this summer.  The first group of five teachers spent a week visiting SFPUC facilities and learning about a range of topics from the gravity fed system bringing water from Hetch Hetchy to the agency’s Bio Fuel Grease Cycle.  In mid-July five more teachers spent a week hosted by EBMUD and the City of Hayward, where they explored the interior of a water reservoir, toured a wastewater treatment plant and heard from lab managers about water testing processes.

Participating teachers developed curricula that use real-life examples from the water and wastewater industry.  The curricula will increase students’ awareness of careers in the industry, while encouraging them to develop the core skills and knowledge required for careers in water.  The new curricula will also be made public for other teachers to use (look for it on the BAYWORK website’s Educator tab).  This summer’s externships were funded by a grant to Jewish Vocational Service.  An Externship was also held at the Santa Clara Valley Water District earlier this year and more will be offered again in the spring and summer of 2019 (Locations TBD).

Teachers inspect an empty water reservoir at the City of Hayward