Water Education Resources
Hamilton Water provides the resources needed to teach your kids about our most valuable natural resource – water! Many of these free programs below can be taken advantage of all year long.
Hamilton Children’s Water Festival
The Hamilton Children’s Water Festival is returning in-person at Pier 4 Park in May 2024. Classes can register beginning January 18, 2024.
World Toilet Day
World Toilet Day is held November 19 each year, and was created by the United Nations to bring worldwide sanitation issues to light. Approximately 2.4 billion people worldwide lack access to basic sanitation like a toilet or latrine. In places without toilets where wastewater isn’t safely managed, drinking water is easily contaminated leading to illness, malnutrition and even death. Leading up to World Toilet Day each year, Hamilton Water raises awareness of these issues by providing classroom resources so that students across Hamilton can learn about the importance of clean water and sanitation.
Reusable Water Bottle Program
Take advantage of your hydration stations and green your school by ordering reusable water bottles for your staff and students. Schools within the City of Hamilton can order bottles with a custom logo on one side and the City of Hamilton logo on the other. We combine orders from schools across the City to provide you with the best possible price. Schools only pays 50% of the cost.
- Orders are placed twice per year. Order deadlines are February 1 and October 6
- 900mL BPA-free plastic and 500mL stainless steel bottles available
- Each bottle features a custom logo of your choice (1-colour)
- 100 bottle minimum order
- Historically, schools have paid between $3 - $4 per bottle
- Average delivery time is 4-6 weeks. Manufacturing time varies by vendor.
To order, access the online water bottle order form
Drinking Water Poster Contest
Bring awareness to your school’s hydration stations during the school year with colourful posters featuring designs created by your students. Hamilton Water provides the template and your students provide the designs that promote the benefits of drinking tap water and using reusable bottles.
This poster contest can be run at any time during the school year and provides a great opportunity for eco-teams or individual students to develop skills and confidence gained by running a school-wide program.
This program can be run by your eco-team, staff or students and everyone in your school can participate! Each student in your school can create a poster design related to drinking water (or a water topic of your choice). Your school then picks up to 3 winners and Hamilton Water will have those designs professionally printed and mounted for you to hang above drinking fountains in your school.
Download the poster contest guide to get started today
Taps N’ Drains Boardgame
Taps N’ Drains is a life-sized boardgame that is a blast to play as a class. Students start in Lake Ontario and must race through pipes to their taps and then back to Hamilton Harbour. Players learn about local water issues along the way such as water treatment, pollution prevention and water conservation. Teachers can request Taps N’ Drains for up to a week for free by emailing [email protected].