Operation Water Biology (OWB)
OWB is a series of eight lesson plans designed for use with students in grades 9-12. 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.
The Operation Water Biology program is available in English and in French.
How it works
Lesson plans and resources are available online. All resources are able to be downloaded by the teacher for review prior to receiving the OWB kit. OWB kits are sent on the same distribution dates as OWD kits.
Operation Water Biology Dates for Distribution of Kits 2015-2016 School Year
2015: September 21st, October 5th, October 19th, November 2nd and November 16th.
Operation Water Biology is available for a cost recovery fee of $170.00.
*Please note CAD funds for Canadian schools and U.S. funds for U.S. schools.
Sponsors such as TD Bank Group and Mosaic have provided funding for sponsored kits to be sent to schools. E-mail the Safe Drinking Water Foundation to find out whether a sponsored kit is available for your school.
How to Order a Water Quality Kit for Operation Water Biology
If you are ordering from the USA or are a group/individual that is not associated with a school: Currently the SDWF does not have sponsorships for kit orders from the USA or for individuals/groups that are not associated with a school. To order an OWB kit please complete and submit an Order Form: http://www.safewater.org/sales-order?lang=eng&program=owb
Please make payment by cheque or money order to:
Safe Drinking Water Foundation