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Safe Drinking Water Foundation Holding Student Action Competition

June 20th, 2015

Safe Drinking Water Foundation is a Canadian charity based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan whose mission is to educate the leaders of today and tomorrow about drinking water quality issues to realize their goal of safe drinking water being available to every Canadian

The Student Action Competition will be held during the 2015/2016 school year and is being offered to Kindergarten to grade 12 classes across Canada. There will be two prize packages, each worth $6,500 and each containing at least one water bottle filling drinking fountain, some reusable water bottles, and some Safe Drinking Water Foundation educational kits. One of the prize packages will be awarded to the winning group of students from K-8 and the other prize package will be awarded to the winning group of students from grades 9-12.

Students will be tasked with investigating a water issue specific to their urban community of 10,000 people or more. They will gain understanding of the community's attitudes and knowledge on the subject and will work to enable a positive change. Once the class has identified the issue, they will launch an informational campaign to change the attitudes and behaviours in their community. They will submit a report that shows how their action has influenced their community to make changes in their lifestyle to address the problem in their city. The winner will be decided by the competition's panel of judges based on the information submitted in the report.

Tim Vogel, an undergraduate student majoring in environmental engineering at the University of Saskatchewan was hired by Safe Drinking Water Foundation to be the Project Manager for the Student Action on Canadian Water Attitudes competition.

Teachers who would like to register their class or other group of students (for example, their school's environment club) are asked to complete the form found here.

Teachers can watch the webinar which was held to launch and explain the competition here.

RBC Blue Water Foundation has donated $35,000.00 for Safe Drinking Water Foundation (SDWF) to be able to hold the Student Action on Canadian Water Attitudes competition. SDWF would like to thank RBC Blue Water Foundation - without them they could not run this competition, which they expect to have such positive results for Canadian urban communities!

Teachers can contact Nicole Hancock or Tim Vogel at or 1-306-934-0389 at any time if they have questions.

This story was submitted by Nicole Hancock, the Executive Director of the Safe Drinking Water Foundation, a SEN member group.