Use our Clean Water Testing Kits to Survey any waterbody you want and as many as you want! A petite pond, local lake, babbling brook, rolling river….
Ask yourself question to investigate!
- What nearby nearby water bodies are there?
- If one pond comes out unpolluted what about the one next to it that has fish?
- If you are surveying a stream or river do any other water bodies feed into it and how does that affect the water?
- Does the water quality change over time in a river or stream?
- What differences do you find between water bodies?
There are lots of interesting answers we can find out by asking simple questions like these.
Once you’ve decided where you want to test just go collect your water sample and follow the instructions on how to use your Clean Water Testing Kit in our leaflet that come with the kits.
We are only looking at freshwater within the Thames Region so please refer to this map for guidance
Email us to get your Clean Water Kits and leaflet
Get to know freshwater:
Garden Pond: All in the name really. As above, but within a garden or within the boundary of your curtilage
Lake: A very large body of still water >2 ha in area, includes reservoirs and gravel pits.
Stream: Small running waters, created mainly by natural processes. Marked as a single blue line on 1:25,000 Ordnance Survey (OS) maps and defined by the OS as being less than 8.25 m in width. They have a more sinuous outline than ditches and follow natural landscape features, e.g. valleys.
Ditch: Man-made channels created primarily for drainage, they often (i) follow a straight line, (ii) follow boundaries e.g. field or road edges, (iii) turn at right angles, and (iv) show little relationship with natural landscape contours.
Other places to test
You might want to sample your water butt, or the water from your tap, particularly if you want to ‘try the kits out’, but it would be interesting for the survey if you can sample from another freshwater habitat in your neighbourhood as well.