Service Sparks: Reduce Plastic - Drink from Reusable Water Bottles!

Grade Level: 
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Community Service Project
Environmental Stewardship
Water Quality
Ignite meaningful action that lights up the world through "Service Sparks" youth projects! Conduct research on the quality of water in your community or home. Tell your friends and community members about the safety of the water and encourage people to stop buying bottled water and carry a reusable water bottle.


Ignite meaningful action that lights up the world through "Service Sparks" youth projects! 


Many people purchase bottled water because they think their tap water isn't safe to drink. It may be true, but you can find out for sure with a little research. Once you know the facts you can do something about the problem -- whether it's reducing plastic or improving water safety! 


  1. Do you buy drinking water because you think your tap water isn’t safe? What if it is safe? You can eliminate the environmental waste and cost of buying water in plastic bottles. 
  2. Look up your local water quality report on the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) website under CCR (Consumer Confidence Reports). If you have a well, you can test the water with a simple test kit.  
  3. Do some research about possible contaminants of water. If you find your water is safe, do a blind side-by-side taste test and see what water tastes better. Then, share your research and data collection with your friends. Ask them to do the same. 
  4. Make an illustrated sign and post it on social media (as well as somewhere for passerby to see it at home) that says, “Fill your reusable bottle at the tap!”  
  5. Learn more with a Learning to Give lesson Water Is Cool!

Reflection: Make a list of things the community shares, like water, and reflect on why sharing and collaborating as a community is important. 

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Learning to Give ... 

  • educates youth about philanthropy, the civil society sector, and the importance of giving their time, talent and treasure for the common good (knowledge),
  • equips youth by encouraging philanthropic behavior and experience (skills), and,
  • empowers youth to take voluntary citizen action for the common good in their classrooms, lives and communities (behavior).