Learning for Water


This webpage is part of the legacy website for the Source to Tap Project, supported by the European Union’s INTERREG VA, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). This project has now come to an end and this site should be used for reference only.

To help people understand the journey of water, Source to Tap worked with schools and the local community to highlight the important connection between our rivers and lakes and what comes out of the tap.

The project developed and delivered a 5-unit school education programme and activity booklet aimed at upper Primary and lower Secondary school-aged children in Northern Ireland and Ireland. The teachers notes, activity sheets, classroom presentations and activity booklet to accompany the units can all be downloaded below.


Through this education programme, Source to Tap educated 1947 children on where their water comes from and the importance of good, clean, safe drinking water; ensuring that they help to protect the water we all rely on to thrive. The education programme was designed to complement the national curriculum in both Northern Ireland and Ireland, as well as Eco School/Green School programmes.

Unit 1: Where does our water come from?

Children will have gained knowledge and understanding of:
• how the water cycle works
• water as a natural resource
• vocabulary with important water cycle terms

Unit 2: How are rivers formed?

Children will have gained knowledge and understanding of:
• the processes of erosion, transportation, and deposition
• the different River Stages and associated features at each stage
• how a river’s course changes as it moves downstream

Unit 3: What lives in our Rivers?

Children will have gained knowledge and understanding of:
• what habitats are, and how different creatures adapt to live in these places.
• food chains and food webs
• how plants, animals and other creatures depend on each other to make the river ecosystem function

Unit 4: How do Rivers get polluted?

Children will have gained knowledge and understanding of:
• the causes of water pollution and will think of ways to reduce it
• freshwater invertebrates as indicator species
• telling others of the negative impact pollution can have

Unit 5: How does water get from our rivers to our taps?

Children will have gained knowledge and understanding of:
• the different processes involved in the treatment of water
• the various uses we have for water

Download the Source to Tap Educational Illustrations Resource Pack containing lots of high-quality diagrams and images for you to create your own learning resources.

Download the Source to Tap Activity workbook containing worksheets and exercises relating to each of the five educational units.