Our vision is to change community perspectives on tap water and break down tap water myths by informing people of the problem in an interactive and fun way. As single-use plastics continue to be an overwhelming problem, we believe that reducing purchase and consumption of water bottles would make a significant and long-term impact for our environment and for reducing the impact on recycling programs, which consume tax dollars and freshwater.
During our school’s first STEAM evening for students and their families, the Aqua-Myth booth was set up to engage with the community and school members. Participants were asked to taste unlabelled samples of tap water and bottled water and identify which was from which source. The student administering the activity would share results and allow the opportunity to win a prize if they guessed correctly. Posters were displayed in English and French to inform the community of myths surrounding tap water and to explain the advantages relating to drinking tap water, including the significant economic benefit for individuals and the region. This project was created by a student and the booth and presentation was entirely student-run. Following this evening event, these two students ran the same activity in a variety of classes who signed up for classroom presentations. Prize water bottles contained a link with access to the Blue W website for information on accessing tap water when not at home.
Reflection & Celebration
This project was a great success. Participants were engaged, asked questions and we feel that they learned about the advantages of drinking tap water instead of drinking from single-use bottles. We believe we have reduced the consumption of single-use plastic water bottles, at minimum for the participants who received reusable bottles. This reduction in waste will continue if the bottles are used. Bilingual posters were created by students for permanent affixation around the school, highlighting our learning. They will be strategically placed near water fountains and bottle refill stations to share the messaging effectively.