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Water Works

Build a water filter and pipeline to deliver clean water to a village or house.

Water Works

Content type: Home activity

Last updated: 29 April 2022

Author/s: ICE

How many people helped you brush your teeth this morning? Think you did it alone? Think again!

Your challenge is going to be to make your own water treatment plant and pipe network using household items, copying what civil engineers do in real life.

We’ve adapted this activity to work for different age groups – 4-10s (primary), 11-16s (secondary) and 16-18s (sixth form) – to be completed in the home environment with minimal equipment. This activity uses ‘dirty’water and so its best done outside or in a room with an easy to clean floor perhaps with cloths or newspaper at the ready to catch leaks.