Water is a nonliving thing. It interacts with both living and nonliving things within an ecosystem. Humans interact with water in many different ways. These interactions have been proven to alter the characteristics of water.
Tampa, Florida is a heavily populated area with many different sources of water. The city water system uses water from around the city. People use this water to drink, shower and perform many tasks on a daily basis.
Your task for this project is to test a body of water near you. You will be given a water testing kit that will be used to test water from a body of water near you. Here's a list of what you are testing:
- Bacteria in water.
- Lead in water.
- Pesticides in water.
- Nitrates or nitrites in water.
- Chlorine in water.
- Hardness of water.
- PH levels of water
Once you gather your results, you will begin analyzing the results. Your analysis should be able to answer these questions:
Is the water safe to drink? If no, explain why. Your explination should explain which part of your results makes the water undrinkable and why. (Example: Why would water be undrinkable if there were high levels of pesticides in the water?)
What living and nonliving things interact with your body of water? (Name 5-10 things) How do each of these living and nonliving things alter your body of water? (Example: the sun interacts with bodies of water and heats the surface of the water)
How have humans altered your body of water? If you are unsure, look back at your results. (Example: if the pesticides level is high, then that area was probably used to farm crops at some point). It would be helpful to research the area around your body of water for this question and see if you can find documented interactions.
What would happen to the environment around you if your body of water suddenly dissappeared? How would this effect the people in your community?
What could you do to help restore the quality of your water? What could your community do to help restore it?