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Build Your Own Aquifer
This activity illustrates how water is stored in an aquifer, how groundwater can become contaminated, and how this contamination ends up in the drinking water well. They will also realize that many communities obtain their drinking water from underground sources called aquifers and that water suppliers or utility officials drill wells through soil and rock into aquifers to supply the public with drinking water. In addition, they will learn that homeowners who cannot obtain drinking water from a public water supply have private wells that tap the groundwater supply and that groundwater can become contaminated by improper use or disposal of harmful chemicals such as lawn care products and household cleaners.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Middle (6-8)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Lab activity
    • Guide for instructor
  • Hydrology
Technical requirements:
Adobe Acrobat reader
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
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DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-006-426
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • K-4:
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Personal health
        • Types of resources
    • 5-8:
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Populations, resources, environments
        • Sci. / tech. in society
Related resources:
This resource is referenced by 'Ground Water and Drinking Water, Kid's Stuff'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: United States Environmental Protection Agency