You have picked a country or region in the world. Your job is to research the water situation in your area asking the following questions:
1) Where - country or region?
2) What is happening?
3) Why? Please include scientific data eg. graph
You will produce at least a minimum of 3 slides to talk through and teach your peers what the water issue is in your country/region.
1) Decide on how you will collect and organize your information. ISB Data Catcher or Google Doc?
2) What kind of information do you need?
3) Once you have identified a source, in-depth reading for understanding is required.
4) Cite the source at the beginning so you don't forget later and can trace the information back to the origin.
5) Identify information in the source to support your project.
6) Paraphrase the information into your own words. This helps to ensure you understand the information.
Remember everything you use needs to be traced back to the original source.
1) Encyclopedia Britannica
Search for a particular country and on the left sidebar, you will see subtopics. Under the land and climate subtopic, you will get an overview of which areas of a country are wet or day and therefore where most of the population may live.
eg. Kenya - Land and Climate
Search for the name of the country and water or "water pollution". Eg. Kenya AND water (you are combining two search terms to narrow your search). Remember to evaluate the site. Note down any keywords or phrases you can use when searching the databases. eg. pesticides, "synthetic organics", "contamination of water bodies" or "untreated sewage".
Search the database for newspaper or magazine articles. You can start by combing two keywords eg., Kenya and water. OR you can be more specific and search Kenya AND "untreated sewage".
Water covers most of our planet, but a growing human population and industrialization is compromising this precious natural resource. While the amount of water is relatively unchanged, the quality has degraded. Since the Industrial Revolution, water pollution has become a big problem. Toxic chemicals even pollute remote rainforests and polar regions.
Water pollution is defined as the presence in groundwater of toxic chemicals and biological agents that exceed what is naturally found in the water and may pose a threat to human health and/or the environment. Additionally, water pollution may consist of chemicals introduced into the water bodies as a result of various human activities. Any amount of those chemicals pollutes the water, regardless of the harm they may pose to human health and the environment.
Dirt, bacteria, and even nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus can pollute rivers and streams. You might think that the pollution just gets washed away like going down the drain, but it ends up in lakes, ponds, and oceans. When the soil is left exposed from farming or mining, it washes into streams and can make the water murky. It's hard for many plants and fish to live in murky water. Bacteria from sewers or livestock waste can wash into the rivers and make people or wildlife sick.
From Canada's Saint Lawrence River to Australia's Great Barrier Reef, some species are disappearing while others are taking over. Is there something amiss with the waters of the earth? From marshes and ponds to the sea, aquatic ecosystems are changing. The industrial products and chemicals that have changed our world may be threatening our supply of clean, safe water.
Villagers who live near the Khao Laem Reservoir in Thailand like to use the reservoir water for laundry, bathing, cooking, and drinking. This water, however, is polluted. A company called Water is Life, founded by Ken Surritte in 2009, developed water-filter straws, and donated straws to the village. Surritte said just giving people the straws is not the ultimate answer. People need to understand why it's important to filter water.