Canadian Teachers are Waiting to Educate Over 82,000 Canadian Students About Drinking Water Quality Issues and Solutions

Canadian teachers are currently waiting for the opportunity to educate over 82,000 Canadian students about drinking water quality issues and solutions. In order to be able to do this they will need over 2,300 sponsored Operation Water Drop, Operation Water Pollution and Operation Water Biology kits to be sent to their schools. Individuals and companies can sponsor kits for schools. If you/your company sponsors kits, you/your company will be acknowledged in the letter that accompanies the kit. You can even decide in which geographic area your kits will be dispersed or to which specific school(s). Please e-mail if you would like to sponsor Operation Water Drop, Operation Water Pollution and/or Operation Water Biology kits or if you would like more information.

Educational Kits for Schools

Many school divisions and districts from coast to coast are recommending the Safe Drinking Water Foundation's education programs to their teachers!  Thank you to all of the administrators who are promoting our programs!  To find out whether a sponsored kit is available for your school,  send an e-mail to or phone 306-934-0389.


Learn More About Our Two New Education Programs

Operation Water Biology
Operation Community Water Footprint

Need Sponsored Kits?
If you would like to use the Operation Water Drop, Operation Water Pollution and/or Operation Water Biology program in your classroom and need a sponsored kit please e-mail the following information to your school's name, complete mailing address, what type(s) of kits and how many of each type of kit you would like.  We will add your school to the growing waiting list. Also, be sure to sign up on the Imagineaction website (a program of the Canadian Teachers' Federation) in order to try to get sponsored kits through Imagineaction funding (

Over 2,400 Schools and Other Educational Institutions have Used Safe Drinking Water Foundation Kits with Their Students

Check out this map to see all of the places where Safe Drinking Water Foundation kits have been used!




Many of our educational resources have been translated into French and Cree. Please click on the language for which you would like to see the translated resources:

The SDWF programs are available to all schools anywhere in North America. All lessons can be downloaded directly from our website and curriculum connections for respective provinces and lessons are provided.

SDWF School Programs Evaluation

In submitting an evaluation to the Safe Drinking Water Foundation (SDWF), the evaluator agrees that the SDWF will be granted permission that, at its option, SDWF may publish or otherwise use the applicant's name and evaluation details without limitation and without compensation, in any publicity and funding applications carried out by the SDWF.

Teachers! If you e-mail/send us pictures of your students using our kits (any of our Operation Water Drop, Operation Water Pollution or Operation Water Biology kits) in your classroom we will send you a gift! Please note that the students'/parents' permission must be obtained so that we are able to use the pictures in our or our funders' advertisements and other documents (these pictures may also be used on social media sites such as Facebook). Please send pictures to or Safe Drinking Water Foundation, #1-912 Idylwyld Drive North, Saskatoon, SK S7L 0Z6, thanks!

School Program Overview (PDF)

School Program Overview (PowerPoint)

Suggestions for Teachers who are Using the SDWF's School Programs in their Classrooms

Have a Debate about a Drinking Water Quality Issue In Your Classroom

Introduction to Water Quality Issues: Resources for Teachers to Use Prior to Teaching Safe Drinking Water Foundation Programs

Source Water Protection (PowerPoint)

Source Water Protection Fact Sheet

Problem-based learning (PBL) is a student-centered instructional strategy in which students collaboratively solve problems and reflect on their experiences. PBL can be used in conjunction with any (or all!) of the SDWF's environmental education programs.

Problem-Based Learning Resources:

Teachers' Guide for SDWF Problem-Based Learning Activities

Planning Forms and Ideas

Rubric Design

Project Checklist

If you are a teacher who uses our programs and has developed additional worksheets, information sheets, etc. to go with our programs when you teach them that you would like us to post on our website so that other teachers can benefit from what you have created, we would greatly appreciate if you would e-mail them to us.

Expectations of Teachers

To encourage students to develop critical thinking skills, which will empower them to become active members of their community.

Expectations of Students

To be interested in, and open to, new perspectives and opinions about issues related to safe drinking water.

Funding For Your School's Water-Focused Action Projects!

You can apply for funding from TD Friends of the Environment Foundation for your school's environmental education projects. For more information please visit

CAWST (Centre for Affordable Water & Sanitation Technology) is a non-profit based out of Calgary that provides training to organizations that work directly with populations in the developing world who lack access to clean water and basic sanitation. The Youth Wavemakers Program was created in 2008 to educate and engage youth in global and local water issues and empower them to take action as global citizens.

CAWST’s Youth Wavemakers Program has opened its Action Grants to K-12 youth across Canada. Wavemakers provides educators with tools to facilitate both the creation and implementation of an action project with their students, as well as funding to implement these projects (up to $500 per team).

Make learning from our kits the first step in your action project and receive the funding necessary to purchase our Operation Water Drop, Operation Water Pollution and/or Operation Water Biology kits!

Apply for funding between the beginning of September and November 15th for projects being implemented between December and May. Visit for more information.

If you need any help with your funding applications please do not hesitate to contact us at or 1-306-934-0389. 

Operation Water Drop (OWD)

Operation Water Drop is available in both English and French. Elementary teachers can demonstrate eight scientific tests on their own community drinking water: Alkalinity, Ammonia, Colour, Copper, pH, Sulphate, Total Chlorine and Total Hardness. The students learn the basic need for testing their water to avoid health concerns and how bugs can grow in their water.

High School teachers can guide their students to work in groups and test for the above eight compounds, as well as an additional five analytical tests: Arsenic, Heterotrophic Plate Count, Iron, Manganese and Nitrate. Students can compare their local water to three other sample waters as well as to a control medium.

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Operation Water Flow (OWF)

OWF encourages teachers of math, chemistry, biology and social studies to support the science teacher in order to give students a more thorough understanding of issues surrounding drinking water, such as establishing the true cost of water, the social responsibilities of providing safe drinking water, the need for national regulations, and the need for water conservation and source water protection etc. OWF is available in both English and French.

OWF is available free of charge to schools.

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Operation Water Spirit (OWS)

Operation Water Spirit is available in both English and Cree, in both audio and written format. OWS is a collection of thematic units and lesson plans which will reinforce Aboriginal culture and perspectives regarding water for Aboriginal students while at the same time provide an Aboriginal perspective to non-Aboriginal students about water issues.

OWS is available free of charge to schools.

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Operation Water Pollution (OWP)

Operation Water Pollution is available in both English and French. Operation Water Pollution is designed for use in both Elementary and High School classrooms. This program directly connects with science and social studies curricula and is set up as content-integrated lessons. The series of eleven lessons guides students through an examination of water pollution issues. The students develop definitions of polluted drinking water that serve as the backbone for the other lessons in this program.

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Operation Water Health (OWH)

Operation Water Health is designed for use in both elementary and high school classrooms. This program directly connects with health, science and social studies curricula and is set up as content-integrated lessons. Teachers may choose to present one of the lessons or all of the lessons as they find the material to be most suitable or applicable for their students and related subject lesson plans. The series of eight lessons guides students through an examination of health issues associated with water. The students develop definitions for both healthy and unhealthy drinking water and these definitions serve as the backbone for the other lessons in this program. OWH is available in English, French and Cree.

OWH is available free of charge to schools.

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Operation Community Water Footprint (OCWF)

Designed for use with students in grades 6-12. OCWF directly connects with science, social studies and math curricula and is set up as content-integrated lessons. Students learn about their local drinking water treatment facility and distribution system by undertaking a research project as a class. Students will calculate how much water (source water) is needed in order to produce one litre of drinking water in their community (including water used in the treatment process, water lost in distribution, etc.) Community water footprints and information regarding water-related issues being faced, actions students are taking to alleviate problems and/or to inform others will be shared via the Safe Drinking Water Foundation's website. Students will be able to compare their community's water footprint to that of other communities across Canada. Students will also investigate the quality of their own community's drinking water.

OCWF is available free of charge to schools.

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Operation Water Biology (OWB)

A series of eight lesson plans designed for use with students in grades 9-12. OWB is available in both English and French. OWB directly connects with science, chemistry and biology curricula and covers several different aspects of drinking water treatment. The major topics are chlorine, chloramine, ammonia and iron. For each of these there is a discussion explaining what it is and its importance to drinking water treatment. There are also lab activities for each which allow students to work with small amounts of these substances and see them in action. Students will demonstrate the idea of chlorine demand, create chloramine through a simple chemical reaction, test local samples of drinking water for chlorine and ammonia and filter water samples with iron oxidized by different processes to determine if one is superior. Every lesson includes additional suggested activities and resources, along with references to other sources of information.

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