Operation Water Health
OWH is designed for students in grades 4-12. This program directly connects with health, science and social studies curricula and is set up as content-integrated lessons. Teachers may choose to present one of the lessons or all of the lessons as they find the material to be most suitable or applicable for their students and related subject lesson plans. The series of eight lessons guides students through an examination of health issues associated with water. The students develop definitions for both healthy and unhealthy drinking water and these definitions serve as the backbone for the other lessons in this program.
Through a variety of activities and cooperative learning strategies, the students explore common disease causing microbes found in water, how these microbes are removed or inactivated in water with water treatment, and the diseases these microbes cause when they are not identified and treated in drinking water systems. Students also examine the role the federal and provincial governments play in drinking water quality, how Aboriginal communities are affected by unhealthy drinking water quality and what each student can do to improve drinking water quality in their community.
OWH is available in English, French and Cree.
Lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations and all resources are available online, for review and for teachers to print.
There is no cost for the program. Lessons may be downloaded at any time from the Safe Drinking Water Foundation website free of charge.