Operation Water Drop (OWD)
Elementary teachers can demonstrate eight scientific tests on their own community drinking water: Alkalinity, Ammonia, Colour, Residual Chlorine, Copper, pH, Sulphate 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. Elementary teachers can compare the results of their own community drinking water to the Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality, and to U.S. and European Drinking Water Regulations.
The Operation Water Drop program is available in English and in French.
How it works
Lesson plans are available online, for review and for teachers to print prior to receiving or ordering the OWD kit – OWD analysis kits are available on the following distribution dates and are time sensitive, the teacher should plan to have students conduct all tests as soon as possible after kits arrive.
Operation Water Drop Dates for Distribution of Kits 2014-2015 School Year
2014: September 8th, September 22nd, October 6th, October 20th, November 3rd and November 17th.
Operation Water Drop is available for a cost recovery fee of:
Elementary (Grades 4 - 8): $85.00
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 Drop
If you are ordering from the USA or are a group/individual that is not associated with a school: Currently, SDWF does not have sponsorship for kit orders from the USA or for individuals/groups that are not associated with a school. To order an OWD kit please complete and submit an Order Form available here: http://www.safewater.org/sales-order?lang=eng&program=owd.
Please make payment by cheque or money order to:
Safe Drinking Water Foundation
*Reminder: Many of the reagents and standards in the test kit have a limited shelf life. Some of the reagents are also light sensitive. For best results, keep the test kit in a cool and dark place until you are ready to use it. Use the kit fairly soon after receiving it.
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