Canadian Teachers are Waiting to Educate Over 61,000 Canadian Students About Drinking Water Quality Issues and Solutions

Canadian teachers are currently waiting for the opportunity to educate over 61,000 Canadian students about drinking water quality issues and solutions. In order to be able to do this they will need over 1,700 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

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Over 2,500 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!


Four Different Hands-on Water Testing Kits


Safe Drinking Water Foundation (SDWF) kits have been used in over 2,500 different schools across Canada since 2001.

All of the kits enable students to test their own, local drinking water - the water they drink every day!

Students perform authentic, hands-on tests to learn about water quality and are encouraged to share what they learned with others and to take action to alleviate drinking water quality issues.

SDWF staff offer assistance to teachers and students every step of the way. We are always available if teachers have any questions regarding how to use the kit in their classroom, to brainstorm ideas for action projects, and to help students share what they learned with others. We are available to give presentations to your students and answer their questions via Skype, Google Hangouts or a webinar. All kits are available in English and French.

You can order kits here or request sponsored kits here (in which case there is no guarantee of receiving a kit).

Elementary Operation Water Drop (OWD)

Students test their local drinking water and control water samples for 8 different components (alkalinity, ammonia, colour, residual chlorine, copper, pH, sulphate and total hardness). Then they compare their results to the Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality.

These kits cost $85 each (shipping is included). 
These kits are recommended for students in grades 4 to 8. 
Each kit is good for a one-time use with a class of approximately 30 students.

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High School Operation Water Drop (OWD)

Students test their local drinking water, control water samples and three other water samples for 12 different components (alkalinity, ammonia, arsenic, colour, iron, manganese, nitrate, residual chlorine, copper, pH, sulphate and total hardness). Students compare their results to the guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality. 

These kits (each kit contains enough materials to perform 60 analyses!) cost $170 each (shipping is included). 

These kits are recommended for students in grades 9 to 12. 

Each kit is good for a one-time use with a class of approximately 30 students.

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Operation Water Pollution (OWP)

OWP kits are composed of a digital TDS meter and a digital pH meter. These meters are guaranteed to be reusable for at least two years, so hundreds of students at your school can use them! 

Students are given the role of different communities, which have different economic realities, and have to make decisions regarding water treatment. 

The meters can also be used for other activities, testing (for example, as part of field trips), and many other uses. 

These kits cost $170 each (shipping is included) and are recommended for students in grades 5 to 12.


Operation Water Biology (OWB)

Operation Water Biology kits include materials which students in grades 9-12 use to learn about chlorine, chloramine, ammonia and iron by doing hands-on experiments. 

These kits are also $170 each (shipping is included). 


Four Educational Programs Which Are Available Free of Charge on Our Website

Operation Water Flow (OWF)

Gives students in grades 6-12 a greater understanding of economic, social and environmental concerns surrounding water issues in Canada. OWF can be taught in math, biology, chemistry, science, and social studies. Each of the lessons lead naturally into the many other programs available from the SDWF. OWF is available in English and French.

Operation Water Spirit (OWS)

OWS supports and encourages a greater understanding of Aboriginal culture and beliefs related to water issues. A teacher resource to encourage and support teachers to introduce Aboriginal culture into their classrooms and a session on Aboriginal Identity are included. There are many stories included in all of the different grade levels and they are now available in Cree, in both written and audio versions. The OWS lessons are available in both English and Cree.

Operation Water Health (OWH)

OWH is for students in grades 4-12 and provides them with an opportunity to investigate health issues such as waterborne illnesses and contaminated water, and OWH encourages students to do their part to “make a difference”. OWH is available in English, French and Cree.

Operation Community Water Footprint (OCWF)

OCWF is designed for use with students in grades 6-12 and enables students to 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.) Students will also investigate the quality of their own community's drinking water.

Many of Our Educational Programs are Available in Other Languages as Well

Parlez-vous français? Check out our French educational resources here!

Or, check out our educational programs in Cree!

Have you used one of our educational programs in your classroom? Please complete an evaluation form so we can continue to improve!

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 evaluator's name and evaluation details without limitation and without compensation, in any publicity and funding applications carried out by the SDWF.

Send Us Pictures and We'll Send You a Gift!

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!

More Information about our Educational Programs and Additional Resources

Information about all of our educational programs

School Program Overview (PDF)

School Program Overview (PowerPoint)

Other resources

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

Source Water Protection

Source Water Protection (PowerPoint)

Source Water Protection Fact Sheet

Problem-Based Learning

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

Do You have Resources to Share With Other Teachers?

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.