The water cycle and water supplies

The circulation of water in the hydrological cycle, historical sources of water in Clyde basin towns and cities; links with water-related disease (e.g.: cholera epidemics in Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock); introduction of modern water supplies (e.g.: Loch Katrine for Glasgow and Loch Thom for Greenock); the UK problem - water surplus in north-west, deficit in south-east, possible solutions; water storage/transfer schemes in other countries e.g.: California, Egypt.

Broad Outcomes of learning

  • Subject knowledge and understanding
  • Greater awareness of the issues on water supply for household use
  • Depth of knowledge on employability options surrounding this topic
  • Enterprising skills and attitudes developed (ACfE) by communicating and contributing ideas
  • Employability skills enhanced - working with a team in a 'real' situation
  • Increased self-confidence of working independently and in teams

Relevance to curriculum

  • Supports CfE Science

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