Healthy water healthy community
Access to safe, clean water is of the utmost importance for healthy communities. When many of us are thirsty, we simply go the tap or water fountain and pour a drink. Unfortunately, one out of every three people in the world do not have safe clean drinking water. In fact, not even all communities in Cape Breton have access to safe clean drinking water. What responsibilities come with the privilege of safe water access? In this lesson, students will have the opportunity to discuss what it means to have safe water and to build an understanding of their place in the urban water cycle.
In the CBRM tap water is treated with various methods and the water supply system is maintained by a team of chemists, engineers, biologists, and specialized people trained to use the unique instruments that water passes through in treatment. Water treatment begins with filtering out large particles that come with source water such as twigs and leaves. Treatment is complete once the water has been thoroughly clarified. This lesson plan will explore the microbes that are naturally found in fresh water in Cape Breton and the role that microbes play within their own ecosystem and in public health.
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