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Age range: 11-14 | 14-16
Duration: 0-29 mins
  • Biology
  • D&T

Engineering safe water

Consider the role of engineers in providing us with healthy water supplies

Water is crucial to human life, but it can also be a killer.

Water contaminated with micro-organisms or chemicals, which is then used for drinking or cooking, is a leading cause of disease and death across the world. Poor facilities for the disposal of sewage and other waste water can quickly lead to the spread of dangerous diseases.

Activity info,  teachers’ notes and curriculum links

This starter activity provides a quick, engaging introduction to a lesson focusing on the link between water and health. It encourages students to think about the role of engineers in providing us with healthy water supplies and waste-water disposal systems.

The student handout 'Running water' provides information about the problems associated with water supplies and how engineers work to solve these problems so that we can access clean water.

The activity sheet includes teacher notes, guidance, useful web links, and links (where appropriate) to the national curriculum in each of the four devolved UK nations; England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

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