Our education mission is to educate the public about the importance at safe and reliable drinking water.  The Altoona Water Authority strives to reach the children, parents, educators and  the communities we serve with water education. We invite you to join us in learning about the most precious resource on the planet — water.

Water is a highly demanded resource and global water problems continue to escalate.  Therefore, water education has never been more critical.  It is especially important to educate our youth on its relevance.  Teaching children about the topics involving water use today helps them build healthy habits for tomorrow.

If you are interested in arranging a field trip or classroom visit please contact us 814-949-2250 or Altoona Water Authority, 151 Westerly Plant Road, Duncansville, PA  16686.

Classroom Demonstrations

The Altoona Water Authority offers presentation of information to students at many different educational levels (elementary, middle school, high school and college).  This information is offered in such a way that students can not only listen but participate and learn valuable information.  Topics include the water cycle, water conservation, wastewater, abandoned mine drainage, water treatment, etc.  In addition to the classroom, we also offer on-site field trips to our water plants, wastewater plants, abandoned mine drainage projects, reservoirs and watersheds.

Chemistry – Explains what water is, how it is made, and how the pH system works.  This presentation elaborates on the importance of chemistry for such applications as meeting drinking water requirements.

Water Conservation – Focuses on how to conserve water and takes a look at fresh water while showing an appreciation for our clean water and how devastating a drought can be.

Where Your Water Comes From – Elaborates on the water cycle, ground water, surface water, and offers facts about the AWA’s system.

Littering and Floods – A visual presentation that shows many pictures of what happens when accumulated litter gets caught in our city’s drainage system and the flooding that results.

For the Teachers, the Altoona Water Authority provides a Tap Water Kit consisting of ready made water lessons meeting Pennsylvania State Academic Standards for Environment and Ecology Science and Technology.

Curve Kids’ Days

The Altoona Water Authority participates in the Blair County Ballpark’s Curve Kids’ Days.  A table is set up in the main concourse where representatives from the AWA are available to answer questions and provide information to the kids in attendance.  They have a chance to learn about the water cycle, collect pens, rulers, cups and make a bracelet using different colored beads to represent the steps of the water cycle.

Annual Water Festival

Annually, a coalition of partners come together to demonstrate the importance of water.  Our Water Festivals are held in the spring of each year at a public venue.  The target audience is the general public and our own water users.  Information is distributed through brochures and handouts.  Displays are presented and workshops are held.  Fun, hands-on water activities are available for the all in attendance.


Partner Information:

Blair County Conservation District

City of Altoona

League of Women Voters

Western PA Conservancy

Pennsylvania Rural Water Association

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Altoona Water Authority

900 Chestnut Avenue
Altoona, PA 16601
Phone: (814) 949-2540
Fax: (814) 949-2254