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 2016-2017 School Year
2016: September 19th, October 3rd, October 17th, October 31st, and November 14th.
Operation Water Biology is available for a cost recovery fee of $170.00.
Sponsors such as PotashCorp and Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority 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 an Operation Water Biology Kit
Or, phone us at 1-306-934-0389 to pay for your kit with Visa or MasterCard.
Or, mail a cheque payable to Safe Drinking Water Foundation 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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