Louisville Water Company: Tunneling for Water

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Produced by Louisville Water Company, these four videos for grades 4-6 document the creation of four wells and a mile-long tunnel that use riverbank filtration to supply water to homes and businesses.

Viewed in order, the videos outline the excavation and construction process for the project. Individually, they illustrate specific STEM concepts through on-location video, interviews with engineers, and easy-to-understand graphics.

For example, students learn about earth science topics such the formation of the Ohio River and of sedimentary rock layers. They also explore engineering activities such as blasting bedrock to create an entry shaft or using specialized equipment to dig the tunnel.

The collection also includes the complete uncut version of Tunneling for Water and a teacher’s guide with content correlations, history, vocabulary, and suggested activities.

  • Tunneling for Water: Geology and the Ohio River Tunnel Project

    This video features "Science Steve" of Louisville Water Company and his animated friend Tapper explaining the importance of the Ohio River as a natural source of drinking water. He describes the river's geologic origin as a result of glaciation and the different rock layers or strata exposed when the water company dug a tunnel beside the river to access the water. The video ends with an introduction of concepts underlying this riverbank filtration system such as how an aquifer works and the meaning of the term "filtration."

    This resource is part of the Louisville Water Company: Tunneling for Water collection

    Grades: 3-6
  • Tunneling for Water: Digging the Well and Treating the Water

    This video examines the purpose and anatomy of a well and how it is drilled. Through a diagram of Louisville Water Company's riverbank filtration system, you see how water moves through the aquifer to the well and from the well to the tunnel via "well screens" that filter out particulates and channel the water to the tunnel. Finally the water is pumped to the water company where it chemically treated to produce safe drinking water.

    This resource is part of the Louisville Water Company: Tunneling for Water collection.

    Grades: 3-6
  • Tunneling for Water: Digging the Tunnel and Prehistoric Water!

    This video traces the actual construction of Louisville Water Company's riverbank filtration system including the process of dynamiting the shaft and introducing the boring machine. It describes how this machine excavated 60,000 tons of rock, which was removed via a railcar system. It also highlights the unexpected discovery of a reservoir of prehistoric water and explores the tunnel workers' daily routine.

    This resource is part of the Louisville Water Company: Tunneling for Water collection.

    Grades: 3-6
  • Tunneling for Water: Understanding the Riverbank Filtration System

    In this video, staff members from Louisville Water Company explain the importance of groundwater, the widespread use of wells, and the riverbank filtration project's unique combination of a collection tunnel and a well system. The head engineer explains the many advantages of using such a system, which is then explored through an animated diagram.

    This resource is part of the Louisville Water Company: Tunneling for Water collection.

    Grades: 3-6
  • Tunneling for Water: Full-Length Version

    This full-length, uncut video showcases a massive riverbank filtration project undertaken by Louisville Water Company to provide clean tap water for customers. Along with engineers from the project, "Science Steve" and his animated sidekick Tapper explore related science and engineering topics, such as Ohio River geology, aquifers, and the function and structure of wells. The video also documents the construction of the tunnel and wells that make up the riverbank filtration system and illustrates the movement of water from the aquifer to the water treatment plant.

    This resource is part of the Louisville Water Company: Tunneling for Water collection.

    Grades: 3-6
  • Tunneling for Water: Teacher Materials

    This PDF is a booklet developed by Louisville Water Company for use with Tunneling for Water. It includes standards correlations, background information and graphics related to the water company’s riverbank filtration project and the geology of the Ohio River, vocabulary, prompts, and activities.

    This resource is part of the Louisville Water Company: Tunneling for Water collection.

    Grades: 4-6,13+

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