Educational Programs

Adult Educational Programs

According to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, the water quality in Beaver Creek is too impaired to fully support water supplies, aquatic life and recreation. Public education is necessary to improve the watershed and its surrounding habitats. This is why Hallsdale-Powell Utility District has created “Water on Wheels” to proactively educate area students on protecting and restoring the quality of water and life in Beaver Creek. This program is offered to third grade classes across the district. If you are interested in bringing this lesson to your classroom, please contact Sarah Berry at 865-925-3948.

Download the Water Treatment Process Handout


Waterfest is an annual event at Ijams Nature Center for the elementary students across Knox and surrounding counties. The Water Quality Forum comes together to put this event on every year. Waterfest is designed to educate students about the value of water. It is fun and educational for the students.

Partners in Education

The Partners in Education program (PIE) is designed to create a close working relationship between a community partner and a school or specific program within the Knox County School System. The purpose of the program is to enrich and extend the educational opportunities of our students while fostering a deeper understanding of the school system within the community.

Through the establishment of personal relationships Hallsdale-Powell strives to create a spirit of involvement that positively impacts our area. The economic health of our region depends upon our efforts to provide the highest quality education for Knox County’s students. The Partners in Education program provides a mechanism to cooperatively prepare our students to succeed in a challenging and ever-changing world.

Water is Life

Water Is Life, and Infrastructure Makes It Happen™ is an education and outreach program of a growing alliance of water and wastewater organizations, businesses, and environmental and public health professionals. Education has proven to be a key component to communicating with the public on really difficult topics such as aging infrastructure and how it relates to rate increases. Hallsdale-Powell has been elected to assist with a nationwide pilot attempting to inform the public about the more serious issues facing our industry and thereby soften the impact of the imminent increases in utility service cost.

Visit the Water Environment Federation

Liquid Assets

Liquid Assets is an educational program for Grades 6-12 with educational units complementing video segments on wastewater, sustainable water use, public health, watersheds, a water system, and community participation.

Visit the Liquid Assets Educational Materials site

Watershed Activities

WaterSense, a partnership program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, makes it easy for Americans to save water and protect the environment. Since Fall 2008, Hallsdale-Powell is proud to be a WaterSense Partner. WaterSense helps conserve water for future generations by providing information on products and programs that save water without sacrificing performance.

In fact, the average home, retrofitted with WaterSense labeled toilets and bathroom faucets or faucet accessories, can save more than 11,000 gallons per year. If one out of every 10 homes in the United States upgraded to WaterSense labeled fixtures, we could save more than 120 billion gallons and more than $800 million annually. Look for the WaterSense label to choose quality, water-efficient products.

View our Certificate of Appreciation we received from the EPA for our assistance promoting water efficiency.

Learn more about the WaterSense Program

Bullrun Creek Watershed

Because the District’s main water treatment facility is fed by the Bullrun Creek, HPUD had a desire to become more actively involved with the practices impacting their source water. Hallsdale Powell Utility District, Knox, Union, Grainger and Anderson County Soil Conservation Districts, Knox County Stormwater Dept., Natural Resources Conservation Service, UT, TVA, TDEC, TDA and the Cumberland and Clinch-Powell Resource Conservation & Development Councils are all working together to improve the water quality in the watershed. Through the efforts of this partnership, cost-share funds are available to property owners in the Bullrun Creek watershed. The Bullrun Creek Task Force was recognized by the Tenneessee Conservation League as being the Water Conservationist of the Year in 2005.

A few facts about the Bullrun Creek Watershed:

  • Bullrun Creek Watershed drains a 104 square mile area.
  • Bullrun Creek Watershed includes parts of Anderson, Grainger, Union and Knox Counties.
  • Causes for impairment, according to the 2000 305(b) report include sedimentation, pathogens, channelization, habitat alterations from agriculture, a permitted industrial discharge (quarry) and municipal water discharge.
For more information visit the Water Quality Forum