Education programs offered to K-12 students within IEUA’s service area are significant tools toward investing in our future. These programs include: Water Discovery field trips to the Chino Creek Wetlands and Educational Park; “Water is Life” poster contest; Garden in Every School® program; National Theatre for Children; and more. These education programs focus on teaching water use efficiency methods, origination and sustainability of water resources, and water-saving techniques.
Learn more on our Learn About Water webpage.
The park consists of 22 acres that are landscaped with a wide variety of climate appropriate trees and plants, and a state-of-the-art irrigation management system. Key components of the park are the community education elements about the value of conservation and importance of wetlands in the structure of our environment which weave throughout the site. The park serves as a demonstration site for the community on how to improve water supply, storm water treatment, and water efficiency. Additional park features include wetlands and riparian habitat, trails, sampling stations, picnic areas, visitor’s center, parking, bridges, and an amphitheater.
Learn more on our Chino Creek Wetlands and Educational Park webpage.
IEUA seeks to promote water-use efficiency through public education to enhance water supplies within the region and exceed state goals for reduction in per capita water use within the Agency’s service area. Smart water planning starts with water conservation. Every gallon of water saved within the Chino Basin translates into reduced demand for expensive imported water supplies. By being more efficient, our community will increase the reliability of our existing water supplies and reduce the cost of imported water purchases. IEUA’s goal is to save over 25,000 acre-feet of water over the next twenty years through conservation – that’s about 7% of our area’s current water use. In order to help the community reach their water savings goal, IEUA offers a variety of rebates available to both residential and commercial customers.
Learn more on our Save Your Water webpage.
IEUA provides scheduled tours of the headquarters, treatment plants and the Chino Creek Wetlands and Educational Park.
Students and Teachers
Education programs are offered to K-12 students within IEUA’s service area. These programs include: Water Discovery field trips to the Chino Creek Wetlands and Educational Park; “Water is Life” poster contest; Garden in Every School® program; National Theatre for Children; Solar Cup; and more. IEUA provides these environmental education field trips, presentations, and materials to schools at no cost.
The Chino Creek Wetlands and Educational Park consists of 22 acres and 1.7 miles of trails that are landscaped with a wide variety of climate appropriate and low water use plants, and features a state-of-the-art irrigation management system. The park is open to the public to enjoy at their leisure during daylight hours as well as providing an educational experience to students through the Water Discovery Field Trip program.
Educational awareness is facilitated through the Water Discovery Field Trip program to the Chino Creek Wetlands and Educational Park in the city of Chino. The Water Discovery Field Trip program focuses on water conservation, wetlands and watershed issues. By incorporating hands-on activities with State Standards, students are engaged to learn about current water and environmental challenges in a fun, outdoor environment.
The Park facilities include an outdoor classroom, 1.7 miles of trails, and educational stations tailored to grade levels. The Water Discovery Field Trip program is free to participating schools as well as provides a Busing Mini-grant to qualifying schools.
Local and regional school programs are held at the Park, including Earth Day and the Water Discovery educational program. For information on upcoming events in the Park visit our Calendar.
IEUA offers a Busing Mini-Grant which allows for qualifying schools and organizations to apply for transportation funding to and from the Chino Creek Wetlands and Educational Park to take part in the Water Discovery Field trip program. The Busing Mini-Grant is available to formal and non-formal educators, schools, and youth groups, in particular, those who can demonstrate a need for funds. To apply, please review the grant guidelines and complete the application.
Since 2004, IEUA has reached over 19,000 students with its award winning Garden in Every School® program. The Garden in Every School Program® (GIES) educates school-age children, school staff and community members about the efficient use of water through the establishment of thematic school gardens that feature climate appropriate plants and more efficient irrigation methods that are coordinated with provisions state-aligned curriculum materials. Building this relationship with the schools is significantly important to IEUA and its partners.
The program works as an assisted grant: first, applicants participate in a mandatory program overview workshop. Then, selected applicants are awarded a grant valued at $4,500 for IEUA to assist in the installation of an up to 2000 square foot garden. The garden is designed, created, and installed through a series of hands on work sessions with teachers, parents, students, and program staff.
Contact Andrea Carruthers for details on applying to the 2014 program.
Inland Empire Utilities Agency offers a variety of educational programs and resources, Water Use Efficiency Programs and rebates for customers living within the Inland Empire Utilities Agency boundaries; including the cities of Chino, Chino Hills, Ontario, and Upland, Cucamonga Valley Water District, Fontana Water Company, Monte Vista Water District, and San Antonio Water Company. Programs include; Landscape Transformation program; Free Sprinkler Nozzles; Inland Empire Garden Friendly; Residential Landscape Retrofit Program; and Regional Landscape Training Classes/Residential Workshops.
The Inland Empire Utilities Agency prepares various planning reports and documents to aid in reaching Agency goals. Report categories include Annual Reports, Budget Reports, Improvement and Planning Reports, Water Use Efficiency Reports, Groundwater Reports, and more.
Check out the News section to find out up-to-date news featuring Water News; Public Notices; Press Releases; and Newsletters.
IEUA focuses on various resources for securing a reliable, high-quality water supply. This goal involves the use of various processes and water sources, which include: Recycled Water, Imported Water, Groundwater, Stormwater management, and Pre-treatment and Source Control.
Located in San Bernardino County, the Inland Empire Utilities Agency covers 242-square miles, distributes imported water, provides industrial/municipal wastewater collection and treatment services, and other related utility services to more than 875,000 residents through its member agencies which include Chino, Chino Hills, Cucamonga Valley Water District, Fontana, Fontana Water Company, Montclair, Monte Vista Water District, Ontario, and Upland.
The Water Saving Garden Friendly program was created to assist consumers in locating and learning about climate-appropriate plants for the Inland Empire. The program provides educational opportunities and easily identifiable and obtainable sources of climate-appropriate plants. With the increasing uncertainty of our future water supplies, the public has become aware of the need to utilize climate-appropriate plants. Unfortunately, most people don’t know where to begin and that’s where we come in. Click here for more info.
The Inland Empire Utilities Agency hosts and sponsors and wide range of community events free to the public. Earth Day Celebration held annually in April, compost giveaways, Chino Day at the LA Fair, blood drives. The Inland Empire Utilities Agency’s Board of Directors meetings are held every First and Third Wednesday of every month.
For the most up to date press releases on IEUA’s initiatives, projects, news, and programs, visit our press release page.
IEUA’s press kit is a comprehensive document featuring the Agency’s operations, current projects, current reports, fact sheets, and press releases.
Media Contact: Andrea Carruthers
Manager of External Affairs