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We are excited to be finalizing the Water is Life curriculum. Check back Fall 2017 or contact us for the latest update!

From ceremony to subsistence, hydration to recreation, water is part of our tradition. The Water is Life program was developed to center local water culture on our quest to improve water system sustainability. Designed to be tailored to each community, this outreach program creates an avenue for engaging community members in the conversation on water through art, education and cultural celebration.

Are you already familiar with the program? Follow the link below to access the facilitator’s guide to implementing the Water is Life program in your own community:


1. Improve sustainability of local water infrastructure (ex: increased customer satisfaction, improved financial planning and/or billing, increased sense of confident ownership of system among our leadership).
2. Preserve and share local water cultural knowledge.
3. Increase knowledge and behavior that optimizes health benefits of clean water use.


Meeting these types of objectives hinges upon strong community involvement. In the Water is Life program, community members are engaged in the water conversation through art, culture and media. Early on in the program, community members work together to solidify a vision for a visual representation of local water culture. As a professional artist works on turning that vision into a large scale mural, additional art and culture based educational activities are offered to community members.

The flow chart below illustrates how a typical Water is Life program may unfold. Click on the image to view a larger version on the flow chart.

Photo Gallery

The photos below show snapshots from the main public art projects, youth art projects and Water BINGO activity carried out in the three communities where the Water is Life program was originally piloted:

For more detailed information on the Water is Life program and how to facilitate this type of outreach with own community, follow the  Program link above: