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How can Schools get involved in Waterwatch?

Secondary Schools

In recent years, Waterwatch NSW, in partnership with the Sydney Water Streamwatch program, has developed a comprehensive support program for secondary schools. The program is supported by a detailed manual outlining how to get started with water quality testing, what to test for, interpreting the results, and a range of other information about monitoring and understanding your local environment.

The Streamwatch/Waterwatch manual outlines 8 important water quality tests and explains the importance of these measures to the health of waterways:

  • Temperature
  • Turbidity
  • Total Dissolved Solids
  • Conductivity
  • pH
  • Dissolved Oxygen
  • Biochemical Oxygen Demand
  • Phosphates
  • Faecal coliform
The manual outlines a range of additional methods of monitoring your site or sites to better understand the health of your waterway. It also includes detailed instructions on the use of all equipment recommended by the program.

CHECK OUT the Local Area Catchment Study which has a great range of activities and tasks for stages 4/5 science by clicking here!

Primary Schools

The Waterwatch Junior Manual outlines simple ways to monitor water quality and shows how to interpret test results to understand how human activities can impact on water quality. It is aimed at primary age students but also meets some senior curriculum requirements.

The Waterwatch Junior Manual was developed by Department of Land and Water Conservation (now DIPNR) staff in the Central West Region of NSW, and has been adapted for use throughout New South Wales.

Associated Programs

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Waterwatch is a national water quality monitoring program involving schools and community groups. CEN has coordinated the Waterwatch program in ..

Contact details

CALL 02 4349 4756

PO Box 149 Ourimbah NSW 2258

FM Building, Central Coast Campus,
University of Newcastle,
Loop Road, Ourimbah,
NSW, 2258


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