Operation Water Drop
High School Operation Water Drop is for students in grades nine to twelve and enables them to test their local drinking water, control water samples, and three other water samples (we recommend urban, rural, and raw water samples) for 12 different components: alkalinity, ammonia, arsenic, total chlorine, colour, copper, iron, manganese, nitrate, pH, sulphate, and total hardness.
Elementary Operation Water Drop is for students in grades four to eight and enables them to test their local drinking water and control water samples for eight different components: alkalinity, ammonia, total chlorine, colour, copper, pH, sulphate, and total hardness.
In both cases, students compare their results to the Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality and are encouraged and supported in sharing what they learned with others and alleviating drinking water quality issues in their regions.
Generally, sponsored Operation Water Drop kits are sent to schools every second Monday from mid-September until the beginning of November and the beginning of March until the end of May. Purchased kits are usually sent on the same dates, but teachers can request that they be sent as soon as possible and we will do our best to accommodate their request.
The cost of an Elementary OWD kit is $85 and includes all of the materials necessary to test your local drinking water and control water samples for eight different components. The cost of a High School OWD kit is $170 and includes all of the materials necessary to test five different water samples for 12 different components (60 tests in total!). Many school kits are available free of charge as a result of different sponsors. However, if there is not a sponsored kit available for your school or you want a kit right away it is best to purchase a 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
#1-912 Idylwyld Drive North
Saskatoon, SK S7L 0Z6
A Note About Disposal
After the testing has been completed, everything can be poured down the tap as even the arsenic test is within limits of safety. However, if you are concerned and are able to do so, you could take the solutions to a local waste disposal facility or university chemistry department.