The deadline to submit reports for the Student Action on Canadian Water Attitudes Competition is Friday, May 24, 2019.

Canada-Wide Competition

Submit your final report for the Student Action on canadian Water Attitudes Competition

Teacher Name *
Teacher Name
Phone Number *
Phone Number
Street Address *
Street Address
Did your students attend and/or watch any of the webinars which were held by Safe Drinking Water Foundation? *
(i.e. students who wrote surveys, educated community members, distributed surveys, etc.)
(parents, people from local companies who volunteered, general community members, etc.)
(For example, if you distributed baseline surveys and follow-up surveys then you distributed two different surveys.)
(i.e. the number of times your students spoke at an assembly about water issues, the number of events at which they spoke, etc.)
Did you form any formal or informal partnerships through collaboration as a direct result of this program/project? *
(For example, did you get the employees at a local company involved, or a local watershed group, etc.)
Which of the following are results of your project? *
(Your project could involve more than one of the following. Please check all that are applicable.)
(This could be per day or per week or per month, please specify and explain.)
(Please note that you cannot earn points solely for number of water saving devices installed - you will need to also enter the number of litres of water saved.)
(Include conversion factors, worksheets and/or calculations you developed. If these are worksheets/pictures you can email them to us at info@safewater.org. Please include your school's name in the subject.)

Final Reports

To complete the final report of your project and have your project judged for prizes you will need the following information: 

- Your school’s contact information

- Where the project took place

- Description of your action project (including the issue you decided to tackle, why you chose that issue, the steps you took to distribute surveys, educate the community, and the reaction you received from community members) in 1000 words or less.

- Whether your students attended or watched any of the webinars which were held by Safe Drinking Water Foundation. If yes, you will need the number of webinars and the number of students who attended/watched the webinars.

- The number of youth (0 to 21 years of age) who were directly involved in the implementation of this project (i.e. students who wrote surveys, educated community members, distributed surveys, etc.)

- The number of volunteers (if any) who were involved in the implementation of this project (parents, people from local companies who volunteered, general community members, etc.) and the number of volunteer hours which were invested into your project.

- The number of people you educated

- The number of surveys which were distributed and the number of people who completed each survey

- The number of community educational events which were held (i.e. the number of times your students spoke at an assembly about water issues, the number of events at which they spoke, etc.).

- The number of any formal or informal partnerships which were developed through collaboration as a direct result of this program/project (for example, did you get the employees at a local company involved, or a local watershed group, etc.)

- The number of litres of water saved or the number of litres of water saved and the number of water saving devices installed.

and/or

- The square metres of impermeable surface (ex: concrete) made permeable.

- An outline of the process you used in order to calculate the decrease in water usage, the number of water saving devices installed and/or the square metres of impermeable surface made permeable, including a description of the conversion factors, worksheets and/or calculations you developed.

- The percentage of survey respondents who were correct when they responded to the first survey in regards to from where their water comes.

- The percentage of survey respondents who were correct when they responded to the last survey in regards to from where their water comes.

- You can submit up to 12 photos and one video that is five minutes in length or shorter. You can send photos and a video to info@safewater.org. By submitting photos and/or a video, you consent that SDWF and The W. Garfield Weston Foundation have the right to use the photos and/or video provided. (Note: depending on your school’s/school division’s policies you may need signed release forms).

You can submit up to 12 photos and one video that is five minutes in length or shorter. You can send photos and a video to info@safewater.org.

By submitting photos and/or a video, you consent that SDWF and the w. garfield weston foundation have the right to use the photos and/or video provided. (Note: Depending on your school’s/school division’s policies you may need signed release forms.)


Judging Information

The judges (SDWF staff members for the objective categories and volunteers for the subjective categories) will give marks for each of the following categories:

Objective criteria, marked by SDWF staff members

1. Percentage of people who now know where their drinking water comes from (out of 5 possible marks).

2. Number of community members who were engaged in the project (out of 5 possible marks).

3. Litres of water conserved or area of impermeable surface made permeable (out of 5 possible marks) – if actions were made in both areas the one for which the higher mark would be awarded will be judged.

Subjective criteria, marked by volunteers

4. Students changed community members’ attitudes and/or behaviours regarding water (out of 5 possible marks).

5. Pictures and/or videos were included which represent the project (5 marks, 3 marks or 1 mark).

6. Community Members of Various Ages Were Engaged in the Project (out of 3 possible marks).

Judges’ and Safe Drinking Water Foundation staff members' decisions will be final.


Canada-Wide Competition Volunteer judges

Reid Sutherland

Reid Sutherland

Reid Sutherland is a Chemical and Biological Engineering student at the University of British Columbia. He is currently a co-op student at TC Energy. Reid has studied water pollution and has a keen interest in water filtration and treatment techniques. He has also been involved in the BC Water & Waste Association (BCWWA) junior design competition.

Taiwo Olubamise

Taiwo Olubamise

Taiwo Olubamise is currently a Business Analyst at RBC, where she supports the Learning Innovation Team through identifying improvement opportunities through collaboration with all business functions and Documenting process improvements and initiatives to ensure sustainability. Taiwo Olubamise is also currently an IMBA student of the Schulich School of Business, York University, entering her final year. She has a bachelor's in Mathematics. Prior to joining Schulich School of Business, she worked with Shell in Nigeria as a production engineer for over six years.

Taiwo is also a Member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) where she has served as a volunteer for over three years in various capacities such as chairing the Charity Fundraising Committee, planning and executing seminars for student members of the SPE amongst others.

Taiwo is passionate about young student education and development and women empowerment initiatives. She loves to travel and enjoys running.


student action on canadian water attitudes competition

Thanks to funding from The W. Garfield Weston Foundation, the Safe Drinking Water Foundation (SDWF) is privileged and excited to hold the Student Action on Canadian Water Attitudes competition.

Since 2001, the SDWF has been providing schools with the materials and support necessary to educate young Canadians about water quality issues through its distribution of water education kits to over 2,700 different schools across Canada. During the 2015-2016 school year a Student Action on Canadian Water Attitudes Competition was held. The winning schools were located in Edmonton, Alberta and Nelson, British Columbia. During the 2017-2018 school year a Student Action on Saskatoon Water Attitudes Competition was held and the winning school was Saint George School. We are just completing a Student Action on Saskatchewan Water Attitudes Competition (more information can be found below). Now, we are excited to again hold a Student Action on Canadian Water Attitudes Competition which will enable any school in Canada to compete for fame and prizes!

Taking place during spring 2019; this competition will be offered to students, in kindergarten to grade 12, in Canada to investigate water issues in their community/area. The competition will involve students surveying their community to get an understanding of knowledge and attitudes on a topic of their choice and presenting their findings in a report. The winning class/group in the kindergarten to grade 8 category and the winning class/group in the grade 9 to grade 12 category will each be presented with at least one water bottle filling station, a commemorative plaque, and possibly some additional water testing kits and/or reusable water bottles!

Students will be tasked with understanding and educating residents in their community on their choice of issues such as: flood control due to impermeable surfaces, amount of energy required to treat water, high daily water consumption of Canadian residents (anybody taking one hour showers in your household?!), and uses of potable water. A necessary component will also be to teach people where their tap water comes from (a surprising number of people don't know!). Along with the focus on water quality and security, students will learn how to conduct baseline surveys, process data, and create a report. Their projects will have five steps:

1. They will brainstorm and decide on a water issue in their community/area to address.
2. They will conduct preliminary surveys.
3. They will develop a plan and take action to educate and involve people in the community concerning the water issues they have chosen to address.
4. They will conduct follow-up surveys.
5. They will present the results of their efforts (i.e. report and pictures/video/etc.) which will be judged by a panel of water experts in order to declare the winning group of students.

We will hold webinars which will explain every step of the project. We will be there to support the teachers and their students every step of the way! We will always be available to answer questions, help with tech issues, or just to bounce ideas off of – only a phone call (1-306-934-0389) or e-mail message (info@safewater.org) away!

By joining us in changing attitudes on water issues facing Canadian residents, your students not only will have a chance to win an amazing water themed prize package but will also be proactive in positive change in their community and environment!

If you have any questions about the competition or would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact Nicole Hancock, Executive Director at 1-306-934-0389 or info@safewater.org


Register for the student action on canadian water attitudes competition!

Students will learn about their water source, educate others about their water source, take action to conserve water, and encourage others to take action to conserve water. The project will include an initial survey and at least one follow-up survey to see how the students have changed their fellow community members’ knowledge, attitudes, and behaviour.

This competition will have two categories: kindergarten to grade 8 and grade 9 to grade 12. There will be a prize package with a value of $3000 awarded to the winning school from each category. these prize packages will each include a water bottle filling station, a commemorative plaque, and sdwf water testing kits and/or reusable water bottles.

Thank you to The W. Garfield Weston Foundation for the funding to enable us to hold this competition.

This competition will be open to all K-12 schools in Canada.

Two recordings of the Launch webinars and the recording of the Discussions webinar can be found below.

Please complete this form to register:

Teacher Name *
Teacher Name
Phone Number *
Phone Number
Street Address *
Street Address

Student action on canadian water attitudes webinars

The following two webinar recordings are similar. We have posted both because participants asked different questions during the webinars.

The following webinar recording is of the Discussions webinar - where the steps of the action projects were reviewed, some examples of winning projects were given, and teachers had the opportunity to ask questions and have a discussion.


Saskatchewan Competition

Our Volunteer Judge

Rekha Leelaraman

Rekha Leelaraman

Rekha is a Senior Software Quality Analyst for Optum and she lives in the great cold state of Minnesota. She is married and has two sons. She is passionate about spending quality time with her kids, helping others, and learning new information. In her free time, she watches action/thriller series on Netflix.

Student action on Saskatchewan water attitudes competition webinars

The First Webinar: Launch Webinar


The Second Webinar: Surveys Webinar

The Third Webinar: Educating the Community


The fourth webinar: follow-up surveys


The Fifth Webinar: Final Reports


Resources for Both the Saskatchewan Competition and the Canada-Wide Competition

Student Action on 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 info@safewater.org or 1-306-934-0389, she does have time to help you (and she loves math - actually, she's also a high school math teacher!).