Great British Water Project

The Don Hanson Charitable Foundation invites your school to take part in a fun, interactive and educational nationwide experiment The Great British Water Project.

Our objective is to involve students in a UK-wide study of freshwater habitats to better understand the health of our rivers, ponds, lakes and canals, as well as the quality and chemistry of the water that we drink every day!

Watch our Great British Water Project overview film here.


  • Request your FREE Great British Water Kit (complete the form below). Note: requests for kits close on 31st December 2020. Request your kit now!
  • During February 2021, the Great British Water Project kit will arrive at your school. From March – June 2021 undertake observations and activities when your school schedule allows.
  • Upload your findings to our interactive webpage to create digital maps to showcase how the fresh water and drinking water in your area compares to nationally (full instructions will be provided in your kit)!

Activities and Projects

By requesting a FREE Great British Water Project kit before 31st December 2020, you will receive everything you need to undertake the following:

  • Tests to discover the acidity or basicity of your local ponds, rivers, canals and your school’s drinking water from the tap! Upload your class’s measurements using your postcode to an interactive online map to understand how your area’s geology impacts your local water chemistry!
  • Create a local water map showing your area’s place in the UK’s water cycle!
  • Test pollution levels in local rivers, ponds, lakes and canals, and upload your findings to contribute data to build a picture of the health of the UK’s freshwater ecosystems!
  • Take part in a UK-wide pond dip survey for freshwater life and correlate your findings against results from other parts of Britain.
  • Collect and test rainwater for acidity and contrast your findings against historic acid rain data and other parts of the country in our nationwide survey!
  • Engage your students in understanding pollution: take part in a rubbish count at a local stream or river, and engage your class in a survey to consider how many plastic bottles, bags and other items we use and discard each year! Extrapolate your class’s findings nationwide, and use our online ‘rubbish calculator’ to visualise the plastic waster mountain that the UK produces every day!
  • Drinking water blind test: engage classes at your school to take part in a comparison of mineral water, tap water and purified (filtered) tap water! Get each of your students to rate each water type by taste to see if they notice differences – the results are often surprising! Upload your findings to our nationwide map to see how your results compare!

Request your free project kit

Click or drag a file to this area to upload.


  • Request your free kit.
  • Take part in 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!

In partnership with University of Plymouth.