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The first step in making change is to understand the situation you are hoping to affect. Participants learn about the source(s) of their local water and issues that may affect access to safe drinking water.
For efficiency, you may be the best person to type queries into the computer, or you may designate a participant to do it. The website of your local water company will probably have information on both the source(s) and the quality of your water supply, and is likely to have conservation tips as well. You can also search "[your community] water issues" or use the watershed locator on the EPA website. Have volunteers take turns reading aloud what you find. Invite suggestions for other search terms that might be helpful.
If it is difficult for everyone to see the screen, have participants trade locations every minute or two.
Record, or have a volunteer record, noteworthy information on newsprint.
After you have gathered information, invite participants to reflect:
Remember that the participants may come from different communities with different water sources and different water problems. Try to be inclusive in the discussion.
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Last updated on Tuesday, August 21, 2012.
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