Water Quality Testing Manual For Middle Schools and High Schools - Free Download
Massachusetts Water Resources Authority
MWRA's "Water Quality Testing Manual" is a
field-based program appropriate middle school and high school students.
It contains background information, lesson ideas, procedures, data collection and reporting forms, suggestions for interpreting the results and extension activities.
Parents, teachers, students and not-for-profit environmental educators are welcome to download the Water Quality Testing Manual free of charge.
Please note that this program tests the environmental quality of water bodies, not the potability of drinking water.
Teachers in MWRA communities may borrow a Water Quality Testing Kit from MWRA. The kit contains equipment for testing temperature, pH, Dissolved Oxygen, Biochemical Oxygen Demand, Nitrates, Total Dissolved Solids and Salinity, Turbidity and Total Coliform Bacteria.
In order to borrow a Water Quality Testing Kit, teachers must attend a full-day workshop. If you would like more information about the kit or the workshop, please contact Meg Tabacsko, (617) 660-7975.
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© 1998, 2008 by the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority.
"Water Quality, A Field Based Water Quality Testing Program for Middle and High Schools" may be freely copied and distributed for educational purposes.
It may not be sold, transmitted or distributed for profit.
i COVER AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
ii. SUMMARY OF TESTS
iii. TABLE OF CONTENTS
Why MWRA Provides this Program
Structure of Each Lesson
Introduction to Water
Water: A Remarkable - Yet Limited - Substance
The Many Types of Water
Why is Water Quality Important and What Factors Affect Water Quality?
Field Testing Procedures and Notes
How to Select Sites
Performing Tests Safely
Choosing Sampling Locations
Work to Be Completed in the Field
Obtaining Permission from a Landowner
What Students Should Wear
Pre-Site Visit Preparation
Water Quality Predictions
Practice with Test Equipment and Procedures in the Classroom
Working in Groups
Additional Materials Recommended for the Field
Post Site Visit Follow-up
Test 1: Temperature
Test 2: pH
Test 3: Dissolved Oxygen (DO)
Test 4: Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD)
Test 5: Nitrates
Test 6: Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) and Salinity
Test 7: Turbidity
Test 8: Total Coliform Bacteria
Forms and Handouts
Site Survey Form
Data Recording Form
Contents of the Kit
Purchasing Your Own Kit
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