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 3,400 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 info@safewater.org 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 info@safewater.org or phone 306-934-0389.

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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 info@safewater.org: 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 (www.imagine-action.ca).

Operation Water Pollution (OWP)

Lesson Plans

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OWP 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.

Through a variety of activities and cooperative learning strategies, the students explore the causes, effects and sources of water pollution in the world and in North America. Students also use hands-on activities to simulate water pollution and water filtration scenarios. The students discover how water pollution is reversed and what they can do to affect change in their community with regards to water pollution.

The Operation Water Pollution program is available in both English and French.

Notes to teachers from Tracy Webb, Science Teacher and Member of the SDWF Board of Directors:

The 11 lessons in the Operation Water Pollution program represent a comprehensive unit on water issues. Each lesson generally builds on the previous one and includes relevant, up-to-date and well-researched fact sheets and background information. However, teachers may use any lesson on its own, or any combination, understanding that they may need to add some of the background information provided in other lessons. Every lesson can be further modified or enriched for the age and abilities of students, from grades 5 to 12. Lessons may be easily changed to reflect local conditions and situations as well, especially if teachers are/become aware and informed about their own area's water issues.

For the experimental activities, teachers may wish to substitute according to their own available supplies and/or approach to the lesson. Quantities suggested in the lesson may also be adapted as determined by the teacher.

Every lesson includes additional suggested activities and resources, along with references to other sources of information.

Feedback is welcome and encouraged, and if there any questions, please feel free to contact the SDWF at (306) 934-0389 or info@safewater.org.

How it works

Lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations and all resources are available online. All material is downloaded by the teacher for review prior to receiving the TDS and pH meters.

Cost

The cost of an OWP kit is $140 and includes both a TDS and pH meter. It should be noted that each meter is reusable and remains viable for approximately two years. Many school kits are available free of charge as a result of different sponsors such as Imagineaction and the TD Bank Group.

How to Order an OWP Kit

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 sponsorship for kit orders from the USA or for individuals/groups that are not associated with a school. To order an OWP kit please complete and submit an Order Form here: http://www.safewater.org/sales-order?lang=eng&program=owp

Please make cheque payable to Safe Drinking Water Foundation and mail to:

Safe Drinking Water Foundation
#1-912 Idylwyld Drive North
Saskatoon, SK S7L 0Z6

If you subscribe to online banking you may want to send an e-mail transfer which is very secure, fast and efficient, and available under "transfers" from all leading banks in Canada, in which case we ask that you e-mail info@safewater.org. Payment of the kit must be received prior to shipping. If you are ordering from the USA please ensure that payment is in U.S. funds or if you are ordering from Canada please ensure that payment is in Canadian funds.

This project has been made possible by the generous support of the following donors:

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