Operation Community Water Footprint (OCWF)
OCWF is 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.
Expectations of Teachers
To encourage students to develop critical thinking skills, which will empower them to become active members of their community. Also, to help students in their quest to inform others in their community about water issues, to work together with students to take action to alleviate water issues, and to help students submit their information to be shared on the SDWF's website.
Expectations of Students
To want to learn about their community's methods of water treatment, to want to learn about water quality, to take action to inform others in their community about water issues and to alleviate water issues, and to share their community's water footprint and other information regarding their community's water issues and what they are doing to take action via the SDWF's website.
Lesson plans, related resources and the Community Water Footprint Calculator are available free of charge online.