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Community Water Sampling Lock 11 Lock Island Results

MALLEE WATERWATCH – WATER MONITORING DATA SHEET

 

NAME OF MONITORING GROUP: Environment Issues Student Action Team

Mildura West Primary School

 

PERSON/S CONDUCTING TEST: Cameron, Zac, Billy and Jake

 LOCATION: Lock Island

 

DATE OF TEST: 13th July

TIME OF TEST: 9.00am

 

 

Did you calibrate the pH monitoring equipment today?    Yes/No    pH = YES

Did you calibrate the EC monitoring equipment today?    Yes/No    EC = YES

*Electrical Conductivity

Please contact your Malleewatch Officer if equipment needs calibration

 

Test

What it measures

Your result

Comments

pH

Acidity/Alkalinity

pH 7.3

 

Temperature

Temperature

19°C

 

Conductivity

Salinity

           160      mS

 

Turbidity

Suspended Solids

10 NTU

 

Soluble Phosphate

Nutrient Levels

0.2mg/L

 

Please Post RESULTS to Mallee Waterwatch, PO Box 5017 Mildura 3502

 

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Community Water Sampling Lock island

MALLEE WATERWATCH – WATER MONITORING DATA SHEET

 

NAME OF MONITORING GROUP: Environment Issues Student Action Team

Mildura West Primary School

 

PERSON/S CONDUCTING TEST: Team members: Billy, Jake and Cameron

 

DATE OF TEST: 3rd June 2009

TIME OF TEST: 9.00AM

LOCATION DETAILS:

Lock Island Mildura

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did you calibrate the pH monitoring equipment today?    Yes/No    pH = Yes

Did you calibrate the EC monitoring equipment today?    Yes/No    EC = Yes

*Electrical Conductivity

Please contact your Malleewatch Officer if equipment needs calibration

 

Test

What it measures

Your result

Comments

pH

Acidity/Alkalinity

                     pH 6.9

 

Temperature

Temperature

20°C

 

Conductivity

Salinity

      130  mS

 

Turbidity

Suspended Solids

13NTU

 

Soluble Phosphate

Nutrient Levels

0.2mg/L

 

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Water Monitoring MAY 2009

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Results from Community Water Sampling

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We need to take an average of all of the results to have a group result.

Here are the results for you to analyse:

Murray River located on the 
north east side of Lock 11
Monitoring Group:  Mildura West Primary  31.3.2009  2.15 pm  
     
Monitoring  Dezra, Amelia, Teagan 
Members: Abbey
Parameter Results Units  
Conductivity (salinity) 110 µS/cm  
Temperature 27.6 °C  
pH 7.3 pH units  
Turbidity 13 NTU  
Soluble Phosphate   mg/L  
       
Monitoring  Billy, Nathan, Ethan 
Members: & Ashley
Parameter Results Units  
Conductivity (salinity) 120 µS/cm  
Temperature 23.5 °C  
pH 7.3 pH units  
Turbidity 20 NTU  
Soluble Phosphate   mg/L  
       
Monitoring  Abby, Georgia, Tayla
Members:
Parameter Results Units  
Conductivity (salinity) 120 µS/cm  
Temperature 23.5 °C  
pH 6.9 pH units  
Turbidity 17.5 NTU  
Soluble Phosphate   mg/L  
       
Monitoring  Shantelle, Sarah 
Members: Courtney, Bree
Parameter Results Units  
Conductivity (salinity) 100 µS/cm  
Temperature 26.1 °C  
pH 7.2 pH units  
Turbidity 20 NTU  
Soluble Phosphate   mg/L  
       
Monitoring  Libby, Shavonn 
Members: Kristina
Parameter Results Units  
Conductivity (salinity) 100 µS/cm  
Temperature 25.3 °C  
pH 7.5 pH units  
Turbidity 20 NTU  
Soluble Phosphate   mg/L  
       
Monitoring  Anon
Members:
Parameter Results Units  
Conductivity (salinity) 120 µS/cm  
Temperature 25.5 °C  
pH 7.3 pH units  
Turbidity 20 NTU  
Soluble Phosphate   mg/L  
       
Monitoring  Anon
Members:
Parameter Results Units  
Conductivity (salinity) 120 µS/cm  
Temperature 24.7 °C  
pH 7.2 pH units  
Turbidity 15 NTU  
Soluble Phosphate 0.01 mg/L  
       
Last Rainfall     > one week         
Water Condition      rising           
Birds?  ____________________________________________________________________ YES    
Frogs calls?  _______________________________________________________________ NO    

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COMMUNITY WATER SAMPLING LOCK 11 MURRAY RIVER

Today we were given a lesson in monitoring the water quality at Lock Island by our Water Watch Officer, Melanie. The purpose of this is to understand how we monitor pollution in the Murray and for us to find out how the students in Albuquerque, USA  monitor the Rio Grande River and if they use similar tests.

 During the holidays you might read about the biggest algal bloom that is about to hit Mildura! This is a great polluter of the river system.

 The water monitoring tests are below for you to check and write something about our experience.

Can anyone explain the difference between the acidity and alkalinity in the water and what problems this can cause if either of them are too high?  

 

Community Water Sampling tests:

Test

What it measures

pH

Acidity/Alkalinity – SCALE 1-14

Temperature

Temperature IN DEGREES CELSIUS

Electrical Conductivity EC

Salinity: EC’s

Turbidity

Suspended Solids

Soluble Phosphate

Nutrient levels caused by fertilisers, dog poop, pesticides…

 

 

 

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Water Week

The following information has been forwarded to our blog from

http://www.savewater.com.au/programs-and-events/national-water-week/what-is-national-water-week

National Water Week is an annual event held in October across Australia, hosted by each state and territory. It involves the community in protecting and conserving our precious water resources.

National Water Week starts on the third Sunday of October each year. This year National Water Week is from Sunday 19th to Saturday 25th October.

National Water Week was first held in 1993. The initiative is designed to help members of the community of all ages and walks of life to understand and take action to protect and conserve our precious water resources and habitats. During National Water Week Australians are encouraged to Protect, Conserve and Get Involved in water resource management.

All the water needed by the environment, farms, households and industries comes from rain. Water is essential for life!

As a community we need to find solutions and be aware of the ways to manage our water resources today that will not threaten the ability of future generations to meet their needs. As individuals we can all help to protect and conserve our water resources.

What is an action you already do and what is a new action you could take to save our precious water?

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Community Water Sampling September Results 2008

Our school is part of the Community Stream Sampling (CSS) project to monitor salinity at Lock Island once a month. There are many other teams doing the same things across the Murray Darling Basin. We have a better understanding of how salinity can enter the water ways. Rachael from Mallee Catchment Authority showed us how to use all of the equipment.

There are five tests we do every month: pH, temperature, conductivity, turbidity and soluble phosphates

pH is a measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a solution. Any water with a pH less than seven is acidic and if it has a pH greater than seven then it is alkaline. The pH of 7.00 is neutral.

Did you know? pH was first introduced by a Danish chemist S. P. L. Sørensen at the Carlsberg Laboratory in 1909. The name, pH, may come from a variety of places including: pondus hydrogenii (Latin), potentiel hydrogène (French), and potential of hydrogen (English).

Temperature measures how hot and cold the water is. Thermometers measure temperature and have many scales based on the freezing and boiling points of water. We use Celsius to measure the temperature of the water.

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Testing completed by Water Ambassadors 2008