I live in a house of explorers. Whether my kids are busy digging for worms or searching for fossils, one thing is for sure.
There is no shortage of science in this homeschool.
I’ll admit that I’ve been blessed to have children who are open to making new discoveries, but one thing I really wanted to impress upon them is that while science is fun, it really matters, too. It’s so much more than candy volcanoes and making oobleck.
I’m certainly not downplaying the importance of activities such as those, but the fact is that science is practical, it’s important, and it impacts everything we do. Unfortunately, though, other than studying why yeast makes bread rise, I was having a hard time locating experiments that didn’t seem trivial in the grand scheme of things.
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That’s when I stumbled upon WaterTestingKits.com
Testing Our Drinking Water
The idea to test our drinking water came upon me one day as I noticed how cloudy our tap water is. Since we do not have well water but have actually taken a field trip to our city’s water treatment facility, I began to suspect that our city’s water wasn’t as clean as we thought it was.
When I came across the School and Science Fair Kit offered by WaterTestingKits.com, I realized that this was the perfect opportunity for me to demonstrate to my kids that their scientific discoveries can and do have a direct impact on our everyday lives.
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Since this kit contains enough materials to test four separate water samples, my kids and I thought it would be fun if we tested water from four areas in order to compare the results.
We chose to use samples from:
- Bottled water
- Tap water
- Trout Creek
- Lehigh Parkway (also a creek)
Truth be told, my kids had as much fun collecting the water samples as they did testing them.
Our Water Testing Experiment
On the day we planned to finally perform this test, the kids were bubbling with excitement and speculations about what the results would be. Some questions we had been pondering besides our concern about the safety of our drinking water were:
- Is bottled water worth the extra money?
- Is our beloved Lehigh Parkway safe to swim in?
- Does Trout Creek suffer from any contamination?
As much as my kids love to explore and discover, they were noticeably invested in this activity because they knew it mattered.
When I received this testing kit, I didn’t realize how in-depth these tests would be. I honestly expected one piece of litmus paper per sample, and that would be that.
It turned out there were three litmus tests and one tablet for an iron test for all four samples, plus a TDS meter to test the hardness of the water.
It was mind-boggling for me to watch my kids have so much fun performing these tests while at the same time taking them very seriously. They were extremely meticulous because they knew how important this was.
Our At-Home Water Test Results
Although I thought I was prepared for the worst when we took this test on, I was honestly shocked at the results.
Out of the four samples we used, our tap water had the most contamination. The. most.
In fact, I jokingly told my kids we’d be better off getting buckets of water at the creek. What was most troubling was that two of the contaminants in our drinking water actually exceeded the limits recommended by the EPA.
So what did my kids learn from all of this?
They learned that:
- Since bottled water has almost no contamination, it is definitely worth the money.
- Swallowing a little water at the creek probably won’t make anyone sick.
- We are in desperate need of a water filter.
- The hard work they put into this experiment has protected the health of our family and everyone we informed of the results.
What better way to show them the importance of science than that?
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Have you done water testing? What were your results?