Sweetwater Authority invests in the education of students in our service area to foster knowledge and appreciation for the value of water, and to bring awareness to the vital service the Authority provides to our customers and community.


“Water is Life” Poster Contest

The "Water is Life" poster contest gives K-6 students the chance to demonstrate how water is a precious and essential resource. By creating water-related art, students enhance their understanding of the importance of water. 

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​High School Photo Contest

The High School Photo Contest challenges students to creatively showcase and celebrate the way water supports and enhances our daily lives.

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Mini-grant Program

Mini-grants support and enhance a variety of water-related curriculum and education opportunities by helping offset program/material costs. Educators are encouraged to seek creative and innovative uses for mini-grant funds that promote student understanding of water or the water industry.

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Child looks at microscope at Splash Lab

Ms. Smarty-Plants™ Assemblies

The Water Conservation Garden’s Ms. Smarty-Plants assemblies deliver an educational and interactive experience that teaches K-6 students important information about water conservation, and their relation to the ecosystem as a whole.

Click here for information on how to book a Ms. Smarty-Plants™ assembly.


Hydro Station

A partnership between Chula Vista Elementary School District, Sweetwater Authority and Otay Water District, Hydro Station is a unique learning experience that teaches students about careers and opportunities in the water industry. Each year, 4,000 fifth-grade students visit the Hydro Station, located at the Authority’s award-winning Desalination Facility.

Olivewood Gardens & Learning Center

As the Official Water Provider of Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center, Sweetwater Authority supports Olivewood’s educational and outreach efforts that promote the safety, value, and efficiency of tap water. Olivewood reaches more than 2,500 National School District students each year through their school education program.


Sweetwater Authority offers water education content on Thrively, an online educational platform that teaches students based on their strengths and interests. 

Living Coast Discovery Center

Sweetwater Authority’s interactive exhibit at the Living Coast Discovery Center teaches visitors about the wildlife and water quality of the Sweetwater River watershed.

San Diego County Office of Education's Splash Lab & Green Machine 

Sweetwater Authority’s mini-grants can help fund visits from the San Diego County Office of Education's Splash Lab and Green Machine. These mobile science labs teach students about water, healthy watersheds and the environment.

​Contact Us

For additional information or questions, email 
or call 619-409-6781.