MOSSMAN State School senior students water-audited their school and tested the quality of Mossman’s water supply as part of Water Watch Day.
Year 6 and 7 students spent a day down by Mossman River recently with Reef Guardian, Earth Smart science visitors scooping invertebrates, collecting water samples and taking it back to school to perform a water health check and riparian vegetation survey.
Teacher Sam Edwards said the students enjoyed conducting the tests using microscopes and learning about what they can do to look after our waterways.
“They were really engaged and were able to bring back samples and put macro invertebrates under the microscope and learn about life cycles and the ecosystem- there was plenty of life down at our river,” she said.
“It was like a community event with the different groups banding together to put a day on for the children to learn about looking after our waterways and water catchment area.
“They had to asses if the water was healthy by looking at the rubbish and pollution and find out the qual- ity of the water - they discovered our waterways are healthy.”
After testing the ph levels, dissolved oxygen, temperature and turbidity of water from samples from Mossman River, Tinaroo Dam, Petersen Creek and Freshwater Creek, the students joined a Cairns Regional Council officer and a plumber on a water audit to find out where a customer was wasting water.
For homework the senior primary school students took home a kit each to water audit their own houses with their parents to encourage water conservation.
Health check: Mossman State School students monitor the river