SDWF is committed to supporting public policies that help people access safe drinking water. We believe that practical policies based on sound science are the best way to ensure that everyone drinks safe water. With over a decade of technical expertise and experience working with rural communities, we educate and inform First Nations, policy-makers and the public to build support for the right policies.
First Nations Drinking Water Policy
While it is hard for many rural communities to provide safe drinking water, the situation in First Nations communities is especially difficult. Since 1995, a number of reports have highlighted the unacceptable situation in these communities. Health Canada still tells 117 communities to boil their water and Indian Affairs says that there is a good chance that water systems in 85 communities could break down.
Operation Water Drop - Allows students to perform hands-on tests on their local water and compare their water to other water samples and the Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality
Operation Water Pollution - Students learn about what water pollution is, what can be done about the problem and what they, personally, can do about the problem.
Operation Water Biology - Teaches students about chlorine, chloramine, ammonia, iron and biological water treatment (a more environmentally friendly method of treating water)
Operation Water Health - Students are guided through an examination of health issues related to drinking water
Operation Water Flow - A cross-curricular program that gives students a more thorough understanding of issues surrounding drinking water
Operation Water Spirit - Conveys Aboriginal culture and perspectives regarding drinking water
Operation Community Water Footprint - Allows students to calculate how much source water their community uses in order to produce each litre of drinking water