Operation Water Biology

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Nicole Biederbeck
Email address of primary contact person: 
info@safewater.org
Describe the project (This description appears in your map point. Insert a photo if you choose by selecting the "tree" icon): 

Our previous long-time Executive Director, Dr. Hans Peterson, is the inventor of the Integrated Biological Reverse Osmosis Membrane (IBROM) treatment system and we had the idea of adapting the process to be included in educational kits for students to conduct laboratory activities. Therefore, we decided to develop the Operation Water Biology (OWB) program. The program was developed over the summer of 2009 and the summer of 2010 by our summer student, Steven Elton, and kits are sent to schools between September and mid-November and between March and the end of May every year. OWB kits are sent to Canadian schools in order to teach students about biological water treatment, a more effective and environmentally friendly method of drinking water treatment. Students participate in hands-on activities that teach them about chloramination, chlorination, ammonia, and the removal of iron. The RCE SK themes/issues that the OWB project addresses are building sustainable infrastructure including water and energy and health. Biological water treatment is more environmentally friendly and more effective and, therefore, it is more sustainable water treatment plant infrastructure. Good drinking water quality is essential to good human health. The kits are useful for students in grades 9-12 and are currently available in English, fall 2011 they will be available in French as well. Since September 2010 we have sent 44 Operation Water Biology kits to teachers across Canada, these kits will educate approximately 1200 students. Kits will be sent to many teachers every school year and tens of thousands of students will learn about biological water treatment.

Describe the timing of your project (Please describe the date and length of time the project runs): 

The program was developed over the summer of 2009 and the summer of 2010 by our summer student, Steven Elton, and kits are sent to schools between September and mid-November and between March and the end of May every year.

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
Clean water, biological water treatment
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

OWB kits are sent to Canadian schools in order to teach students about biological water treatment, a more effective and environmentally friendly method of drinking water treatment. Students participate in hands-on activities that teach them about chloramination, chlorination, ammonia, and the removal of iron.

What level of education does this project address?: 
High school
Project sponsors/funders: 

TD Friends of the Environment Foundation

How did you find out about this survey?: 

Data from 2011 Recognition Event