Great British Water Project

Welcome to the Great British Water Project, a nationwide, interactive experiment organised by the Don Hanson Charitable Foundation to study the quality of tap water across the United Kingdom and the health of the country’s freshwater habitats.

This project is intended to be interactive. Results can be uploaded on this webpage, so you can discover how your findings compare nationally! 


Join our live results event which will be broadcast online at 10 am on August 11th. You will be able to log on via this page! We will be announcing the log on details shortly. Check back to take part!

CONTENTS

  1. 11-in-1 test kits to analyse your local tapwater for: hardness, total alkalinity, total chlorine, free chlorine, bromine, nitrate, nitrite, copper, lead, iron and pH. Upload your results to our interactive map (below) and discover how your tapwater compares nationally! Please send the completed results sheet to water@hansonbox.org by July 31st, 2021. Results map will be publicly launched during the August 11th results event.
  1. Blind taste test: compare the taste of bottled mineral water, tapwater and filtered tapwater to decide which has the best flavour (three AQUAPHOR filter jugs provided)! The results are intended to establish if the annual purchasing of hundreds of millions of single-use plastic bottles of drinking water is justified based on blind taste sampling. Can we do without the waste plastic bottles or does bottled mineral water genuinely taste better than the alternatives? Discover how your findings compare nationally! Please send the completed results sheet to water@hansonbox.org by July 31st, 2021. Results map will be publicly launched during the August 11th results event.
  1. Plastic waste visualisation activity: we all have heard the statistics of mountains of plastic accumulating each year, but what does 1 waste bottle a day actually look like? This simple activity will help visualise the scale of plastic waste we all generate each year.
  1. Plastic artwork competition: building on the previous activity and intended to encourage recycling, create your very own plastic artwork and sculptures from waste plastic bottles! £1,000 in competition prizes! Upload your entries below! Please submit a photo of your artwork (via the form below) before July 31st, 2021. Winners will be announced during the August 11th results event.
  1. Plastic impact essay competition: put yourself in the perspective of an animal of your choice and write 500 words on the impacts that human plastic waste has upon your life and habitat. What could humans do to reduce the threats faced? £1,000 in competition prizes! Upload your entries below! Please submit your completed essays before October, 22nd, 2021. Results will be announced shortly afterwards! 
  1. Rainwater survey: are differences in acidity discernible in rainwater across the UK? Or is acid rain an issue of the past? Test your rainwater for pH as well as hardness, total alkalinity, total chlorine, free chlorine, bromine, nitrate, nitrite, copper, lead and iron. Upload your results to our interactive map (below) and discover how your tapwater compares nationally! Please send the completed results sheet to water@hansonbox.org by July 31st, 2021. Results map will be publicly launched during the August 11th results event.
  1. Pondlife survey: take part in a UK-wide survey to count pond species diversity. How many species of animals are in your pond, and how does this compare with ponds across the UK? Please send the completed results sheet to water@hansonbox.org by July 31st, 2021. Results map will be publicly launched during the August 11th results event.
  1. Watercycle poster and activity kit: complete activities and projects to understand the water cycle, including creating your very own ‘mini water cycle’ evaporation bag for your classroom window! Use the enclosed A2-sized poster to inspire creative thinking and writing exercises!
  1. Comprehensive Tapwater analysis: the chemistry of tap water varies greatly across the United Kingdom as a result of local geology and hydrology, as well as differing sourcing techniques, pipes and processing technologies employed by water companies. Send a sample of your tap water to discover the micro-concentrations of minerals, chemical and other substances that it contains as part of a survey to analyse tap water samples from across the UK! Please send your water sample by August 30th, 2021.

The Great British Water Project box that you have received contains all of the equipment required to complete the above activities! Please submit your results below before July 31st, 2021.

IMPORTANT DEADLINES

Now until July 31st, 2021: complete the activities in the Great British Water Project Box and email the scanned data sheets to water@hansonbox.org  (we will log all your data to generate the interactive maps and results reports). Data must be received by July 31st, 2021.

August 11th, 2021:  we have organised a live results event which will be broadcast at 10 am. You will be able to log on via this page! We will be announcing the log on details shortly. Check back to take part! 
October 22nd:  deadline for the Great British Water Project essay competition entries to be submitted!

RESULTS EVENT

Join our live results event which will be broadcast on this page at 10 am on August 11th

All four of the results maps will be publicly launched and the findings discussed!
You will be able to log on via this page! We will be announcing the log on details shortly. Check back to take part!

Participant Schools

Approximately 650 schools from across the United Kingdom elected to take part in the Great British Water Project, as shown on the following map:

Plastic Artwork Competition

Please upload photos of your plastic artwork competition entries via the following form:

Click or drag a file to this area to upload.

PLASTIC IMPACT ESSAY COMPETITION

Please upload your plastic impact essay competition entries as .word or .pdf files via the following form:

Click or drag a file to this area to upload.

11-IN-1 TAPWATER TEST RESULTS MAP:

Please email your results sheet by July 31st, 2021. All data will be collated and uploaded to launch the following map publicly during the results event on August 11th

Below is an example of how each data point will be shown.

BLIND TASTE TEST RESULTS MAP

Please email your results sheet by July 31st, 2021. All data will be collated and uploaded to launch the following map publicly during the results event on August 11th

Below is an example of how each data point will be shown.

RAINWATER SURVEY RESULTS MAP

Please email your results sheet by July 31st, 2021. All data will be collated and uploaded to launch the following map publicly during the results event on August 11th

Below is an example of how each data point will be shown.

PONDLIFE SURVEY RESULTS MAP

Please email your results sheet by July 31st, 2021. All data will be collated and uploaded to launch the following map publicly during the results event on August 11th

Below is an example of how each data point will be shown.

DOWNLOAD GREAT BRITISH WATER PROJECT DOCUMENTS

A copy of all of the following documents is enclosed in your Great British Water Project Box, however you can also download additional copies below!

Great British Water Project Cover Letter
Student Score Sheet
Flyer for Plastics Artwork competition
Pond life survey results form
11-in-1 Water Test Kit Instructions
Activity Leader Results Sheet
Rainwater Survey
Where is my School in the Water Cycle
Blind Taste Test Instructions
Plastic Waste Visualisation
Pond life survey
Essay Competition
Comprehensive Tap Water Analysis
Water Cycle poster

WATER IS LIFE

  • A UK wide survey of freshwater ecosystems and drinking water.
  • Upload your results and see how your area compares nationally!

As part of the Don Hanson Charitable Foundation Schools Program, the Great British Water Project is completely free for your school!