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Peel Water Story Tour Itineraries

  1. Agriculture, Industry, and Source Water Protection
  2. Food Production and Water Quality
  3. Peel’s Water and Wastewater Treatment Facility

 

TOUR 1: Agriculture, Industry, and Source Water Protection

This tour will explore how agriculture and industry can affect the watershed and source water quality. Specifically, we will explore:

  • How water may become contaminated by agriculture through pesticides, fertilisers, and manure;
  • How water may become contaminated by industry through heavy metals and nutrients, and how wastewater is regulated by government;
  • How these negative impacts can be mitigated;
  • How water can be tested for a variety of chemical characteristics, such as phosphates, nitrates, pH and dissolved oxygen.

Tour location: Mississauga/Brampton and Rural Caledon

TOUR ITINERARY:

Morning Introductory Activity
School classroom

Before leaving the school, students will be introduced to water concepts including the water cycle and sources of water pollution.

Water Contamination from Industry
Wastewater

Students will have an opportunity to see how contaminants can enter the watershed from industry through wastewater, and how this is regulated by the Region of Peel and the Ministry of the Environment.

Protecting Water Quality from Rural Impacts
Tour of Caledon Farm

We will visit a privately owned farm whose owners have taken action to improve water quality. Students will learn how fertilisers, pesticides and manure can be problematic for water quality, and how this farm has implemented strategies to mitigate these impacts.

Testing Water Quality
The Credit River system (CVC) or the Etobicoke Creek system (TRCA)

Students will test water samples from a creek or river in Caledon to understand the impact of agriculture on the aquatic ecosystem. Water samples will be tested for a variety of chemical characteristics such as dissolved oxygen, nitrate, phosphate, pH and temperature.

Wrap-Up Activity
School classroom

Back at school, students will participate in a game of 'Water Jeopardy' that reviews the key concepts of the day.


TOUR 2: Food Production and Water Quality

This tour will help students understand how human activities like agriculture can impact water quality. Students will also gain an understanding of how water moves through our environment, and what this means for drinking water resources. Specifically, we will explore:

  • How manure, fertilisers, and pesticides can influence water quality and aquatic ecosystems;
  • How municipalities obtain, treat, and test water ;
  • How water treatment guidelines changed after the Walkerton tragedy;
  • How water quality can be protected from threats related to agriculture;
  • How water is distributed on the earth and circulates through various states and conditions;
  • How water can be tested for a variety of chemical characteristics, such as pH, free chlorine, total chlorine, temperature, and turbidity.

Tour location: Rural Caledon

TOUR ITINERARY:

Morning Introductory Activity
School classroom

At the start of the day, students will be introduced to water concepts including the water cycle and sources of water pollution.

Testing Water Quality
School classroom

Students will learn how the Region of Peel tests water quality to ensure tap water is safe to drink. Students will then test two different water samples for five chemical characteristics including free chlorine, total chlorine, pH, temperature, and turbidity.

Protecting Water Quality from Rural Impacts
Tour of Caledon Farm

Students will visit a cattle farm to learn how water quality can be impacted by agriculture, and to learn how the farm owners have implemented solutions to protect source water. Interactive models will help students understand processes involved in groundwater and surface water contamination. A hands-on activity will help students apply inquiry skills to identify improvements made on the farm.

Understanding Groundwater and Water Treatment
Municipal Well in Caledon

At this visit to a municipal well, students will see how water is drawn from the aquifer and treated before it is distributed to residents. Students will learn how water is treated, tested, and monitored in the Region of Peel.

Wrap-Up Activity
School classroom

Back at school, a calendar activity will guide students through the events of the Walkerton Tragedy and discussion will focus on how drinking water regulations changed after Walkerton. Time-permitting, students will also participate in a game of ‘Water Jeopardy’ that reviews the key concepts of the day.


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Revised: Tuesday September 05 2017

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