student action on Canadian water attitudes competition

UPDATE: We are happy to announce the WINNERS of the Student Action on Canadian Water Attitudes Competition! Wildflower School in Nelson, BC won the Elementary Category of the competition and St. Joseph High School in Edmonton, AB won the High School Category of the competition. Students in Nelson (BC), Edmonton (AB), Estevan (SK), Winnipeg (MB), London (ON), and Grimsby (ON) participated in the competition.

Students from Wildflower School have an information table at their local Co-op in Nelson, BC.

Students from Wildflower School have an information table at their local Co-op in Nelson, BC.

Elementary Winner: Wildflower School

The grade one to six students at Wildflower School became involved with their city’s toilet-tank-bag campaign and became their ambassadors. Their class was featured with the toilet-tank bags in a double-page spread in their local newspaper. They gave a presentation at a Principals Association meeting and the principals distributed toilet-tank-bags to their own staff members and schools. The students had an informational booth at their local Co-op food store, complete with a real toilet, which they used to demonstrate the installation of the bags. They surveyed and informed the public and handed out hundreds of bags. The students wrote individual letters to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, before the Paris Climate Summit, to ask him to protect Canada’s water and to inform him of Nelson’s water issues. The students also talked to their city’s mayor and city council. The Chair of Blewett Watershed visited their classroom and the class went on a field trip to visit their local watershed, on snowshoes! The students became very motivated to help others conserve water and they also became very knowledgeable about the waterways around them.

The students at Wildflower School had sent a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. They received a letter from him.

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St. Joseph Water testing

High School winner: st. joseph high school

At this school, two Science 10 students of Science Academy – Center of Excellence in Laboratory Learning contacted the local Gold Bar Water Treatment Plant to obtain information about water treatment processes, water conservation, and water quality. They also joined the Chemistry 20 group from the same program to learn how to examine drinking water quality; they used Safe Drinking Water Foundation kits to test drinking water. The students taught other classrooms of students at their school what they had learned. They used blue jello to demonstrate water treatment processes, with treats of various sizes immersed in the jello to represent particles and bacteria present in water that have to be removed during filtration, flocculation, and disinfection processes. The level of knowledge in the school regarding practical water conservation methods and quality of drinking water increased dramatically. The participating students gained confidence that they can play an important role and be a positive influence in their community.

Watch the webinar which was held on March 22, 2016 (World Water Day) to celebrate the winners of the competition:

Thank you so much to the teachers, students, and community members. Also, a huge thank you to our volunteer judges who took the time to help us with the student action on canadian water attitudes competition! 

The judges were: Jason Ash, Jania Chilima, Peter Davey, Allison Long, June Ross, Caleigh Rutledge, Reid Smith, and Dr. Jamie Van Gulck.

Student Action on Canadian Water Attitudes Resources

Most Canadians take water for granted. We think we have lots of it and it will always be there. So in 2008, RBC started polling Canadians about their attitudes towards water—to see if the serious water issues around the world were having an impact on how we use and think about water, and tracking whether our attitudes are changing.

RBC has encouraged the broad dissemination of the data and its findings because they want to help contribute to a healthy conversation about the value and vulnerability of water in Canada.

Water Usage Calculators:

Other Resources:

Water Conservation Information:

1 U.S. Gallon = 3.79 Litres

1 Imperial Gallon = 4.55 Litres

Approximate Water Usage of Household Appliances:

Example of calculation of water usage (shower head flows at 190 U.S. gallons per hour for 10 minutes):

Water used per minute in U.S. gallons: 190 U.S. gallons/60 minutes = 3.17 U.S. gallons/minute

Water used per minute in litres: 3.17 U.S. gallons x 3.79 litres/U.S. gallon = 12 litres

Water used in ten minutes: 12 litres x 10 minutes = 120 litres

If you need any help with calculations, worksheets, etc. please contact Nicole Hancock at phone Safe Drinking Water Foundation at 1-306-934-0389, we do have time to help you (and we love math!).