The Tampa Water Department supports water conservation education by providing educational resources and linking our community to trusted community partners.

Tampa Water staff educating students on water conservation and pollution prevention
Let's Talk Water!

Looking for a guest speaker for your classroom? Tampa Water Department experts are available to speak with your students on a variety of topics.

Presentation topics include:

  • Where Tampa’s water comes from
  • How we make your water safe to drink
  • Tips to save water both inside and outside your home

We provide:

  • In-person or virtual presentations
  • Career day guest speakers
  • STEAM activities
  • Water-saving devices and publications

To schedule a presentation, e-mail us at

Contests & Awards

STEM Fair – Drinking Water Award

The Tampa Water Department recognizes outstanding STEM Fair projects at the Elementary, Middle, and High School levels with the Drinking Water Award. First-place winners will be selected from each of the categories. The winning project must promote water conservation and/or design a real-world solution involving water resources.

AWWA Drop Savers Poster Contest

A great opportunity to conserve water is through a long-range education and awareness program, and what better way to begin than with the younger generation!

Classroom and Homeschool Activities

Lessons and other classroom activities are available below:

Additional Educational Resources

Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD)

The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) manages the water resources for west-central Florida as directed by state law. Free educational resources are provided for consumer use.

Drinking Water Activities for Kids and Teachers (U.S. EPA)

The Environmental Protection Agency provides drinking water activities for students and teachers.

Water You Waiting For? (U.S. EPA)

The “Water You Waiting For?” videos showcase the water profession for high school and vocational technical school students. 

American Water Works Association (AWWA) 

AWWA Scholarships for Water Industry Students

AWWA and its members recognize the importance of investing in students as the future of the water industry. AWWA supports students through discounted memberships and more than 26 scholarships and $200,000. 

Tampa Bay Estuary Program Bay Mini-Grant

The Bay Mini-Grant funding program empowers citizen scientists, promotes environmental ethics, and stimulates community stewardship of Tampa Bay. 


Splash! Mini-Grants from Southwest Florida Water Management District

The Splash! school grant program provides up to $3,000* per school to enhance student knowledge of freshwater resources issues. Public and charter school teachers of grades K-12 are eligible to apply. *Grants are awarded based on available funding. 


Hillsborough Education Foundation (HEF): School & Classroom Enrichment Grants

HEF has dedicated dollars to help fund innovative school and classroom projects. These projects help excite young minds beyond what some school budgets may allow.  


The Water Cycle
How is Drinking Water Cleaned?