This project is a benefit to science education because it incorporates a hands-on approach to learning about the nature of our environment, specifically water, as well as how to conserve it. This is applied by students taking water samples, testing for pollution and theorizing how this can be fixed.
An issue that might arise during this project is the availability of water testing kits at the elementary school level. A good kit to invest in that can be reused several times is the "Low Cost Water Monitoring Kit (Code 5886)", made by the LaMotte Company. The kit comes with simple instructions on how to use the instruments as well as how to read the results and what they mean. For more information on how to order this kit, try contacting www.LaMotte.com.