Streamwatch - a UK water analysis science project


The resource provides access to a water analysis kit and instructions on how to use these. Using this resource provides teachers with great potential to engaging students and enable them to see the purpose and benefits of chemical analysis.


Streamwatch and river and stream water analysis project. A website by the North West Analytical Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry open to all UK schools and interest groups.


The resource could be used for project work and is particularly suitable for field work and 'out of school' clubs. It could also be used by community groups and by events organised by science clubs to test nearby rivers or streams.

The resource enables a range of tests to be carried out on water samples from rivers and streams.

Other resources on Learn Chemistry intended for the primary – 14 age range that are connected to water:

Life of water:
Beat the flood challenge:

And two resources on Learn Chemistry that cover analysis of water samples for undergraduates:

Pollution detection and remediation:
A dip in the Dribble:

There is also a resource on testing for negative ions aimed at 14 – 18 age range: