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Video programs can help to bring the water story to life and augment learning.  Our most recent programs are here, and others can be found on our YouTube page as well as the Metropolitan  website.

Metropolitan's Water Education Program

Runtime: 2m 42s
Metropolitan Water District's Education Unit provides water education programs, supplemental materials, teacher in-services and classroom presentations for teachers and students from pre-K through college.

Solar Cup™

Runtime: 2m 42s
Solar Cup™ is a seven-month high-school program that culminates in a weekend competition where teams race solar powered boats they build. Students learn about conservation of natural resources, electrical and mechanical engineering, problem solving and teamwork.

Watch the 2019 Event recap.

VR Tours

Aqueduct VR: A Virtual Tour of the Colorado River Aqueduct - An Application for Mobile Devices
Runtime: 3 m 15s
Download this app, available for both Apple and Android mobile devices, and immerse yourself in a virtual reality experience of the Colorado River Aqueduct. A virtual reality headset is needed for proper viewing.

Watch this video on the latest version of Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge web browsers, as well as the YouTube app on smartphones.  Also available in Spanish version.

Water Supplies:
The Colorado River Aqueduct

Runtime: 3m 16s
The Colorado River Aqueduct is considered one of the world's engineering wonders and carries water 242 miles to cities throughout Southern California.

Uniquely Metropolitan

Runtime: 26m 07s
Metropolitan is a regional success story – uniquely positioned to work across six counties with a focus on reliability and a legacy of foresight.  This video starts with Metropolitan’s roots and carries the story through to current challenges, issues and accomplishments.

Where in the World is All the Water?

Runtime: 17m 27s
Students jump on the bus and take a virtual water-education field trip from school to the Colorado River Aqueduct, to the water treatment plant, to the water quality lab, to businesses and homes, and back to school. They learn about California’s water from its source to the tap.

Admiral Splash & His Amazing Submarine

Runtime: 14m 47s
Designed for grades 4 and 5, students journey with Admiral Splash to see how water comes to Southern California. These videos supplement the Admiral Splash curriculum; they are not stand-alone pieces.

The Water Cycle

Runtime: 11m 42s
This lively video depicts the four phases of the water cycle and shows how water is cleaned and purified.

Who Needs It?

Runtime: 9m 51s
A humor-tinged exploration of what we need water for, where it comes from, and why we should conserve.


Student Artwork by Mira Inman

The California Water Story

Runtime: 16m 28s
California's most important and sought after resource is the focus of this story for viewers of all ages.


Runtime: 9m 59s
Circa 1932. A historical film created by Don Kinsey for Metropolitan, is one of the first talking films. This film was shown in 200 movie theaters as part of a larger campaign to vote for the bond to build the Colorado River Aqueduct.

Metropolitan Water District: The Dream Comes True

Runtime: 5m 9s
A video history of Metropolitan, including early clips that show the 1928 building of the Colorado River aqueduct and how the district has evolved to keep step with public values such as water quality and stewardship.

Hydrologic Cycle

Runtime: 1m 17s
In a minute plus a few seconds, students learn about the water cycle.


Runtime: 22s
This video explains the definition of an acre-foot of water