Hach DR890 Colorimeter Lending Program

This sophisticated water-testing array can perform 107 tests of 47 parameters of water quality, measuring the presence of heavy metals, chlorine, fluoride, nitrogen, organic carbon, phosphorous, ozone, detergents, and dozens of other water characteristics.

The unit arrives in a suitcase-sized case that utilizes a hand-held digital device to assesses response to a wide range of reagents that are included in the kit along with glassware and other equipment.

The kit comes with a users' manual, and teachers can download individual manuals for each of its 107 tests.

Access to the lending unit is available on a first-come, first-served basis, and scheduling is dependent on existing commitments.  Teachers should plan their curriculum in advance so that GMWEA can schedule lending periods and purchase reagents specific to the desired tests.

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School Facility Tours -- Water Quality Day

Many water and wastewater facilities welcome visitors year round; contact your municipal facility to schedule a tour.  On Water Quality Day, hundreds of students and the general public visit facilities statewide for fun and informative tours and activities.  Click here to learn more about Water Quality Day tours for students.

For more information and scheduling calendar for water test kits, the Hach colorimeter program, or facility tours, contact Lisa Goodell at lisa.goodell@gmwea.org, or Daniel Hecht, GMWEA executive director, at dan.hecht@gmwea.org.

Free Water Quality Test Kit Program

GMWEA provides 100 of these basic testing kits to schools each year, in time for spring semester field-learning activities. Provided by the World Water Monitoring Challenge, we provide 100 of these $16 kits without charge to schools on a first-come, first-served basis. In 2017, 440 students at 58 schools throughout Vermont used GMWEA's kits!

The kits provide a hands-on, grade-appropriate tool that assesses four key variables of surface waters in their communities -- pH, dissolved oxygen, temperature, and turbidity. Students can take samples from streams, ponds, wetlands, or lakes and bring them to class for analysis.  Each kit can be used for 50 rounds of testing!

GMWEA offers this free program as a public service to encourage awareness of the importance of water quality in Vermont.  We provide 100 kits per year, enough for 1,000 students to perform the tests. They're provided on a first-come, first-served basis; to request kits, contact Lisa Goodell at lisa.goodell@gmwea.org.

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School Programs

GMWEA offers a number of programs and services for schools for students K-12.

  • Science fair judging of water-related research projects.
  • Scholarships for students demonstrating excellent research on water-related topics.
  • Free basic water quality test kits for students grades 3 - 8
  • Loaner program for a Hach DR890 advanced water quality testing array for students grades 5 -12.
  • Free guided tours of water, wastewater, and stormwater management facilities throughout Vermont; click here  for information about Water Quality Day 2017 tours and open houses.
  • Sponsorships of youth-oriented water-recreation events.