Water Rangers protocol

When should I test?

Our official testing day is the last Sunday of every month! Testing on Friday, Saturday, or Monday of the same weekend is also encouraged if Sunday doesn’t work for you.

Whatever your reason for wanting to test water, it’s best to do so in an organized way! This is so you can make the most of your time and effort.

This protocol was designed for people using Water Rangers equipment, but can be used by anyone.

For more information on how to use the tools in your testkit, check out our training page.

Getting started!

Testkit FAQs

We are sorry about this inconvenience! We monitor our store as often as we can for any issues, but sometimes glitches and mistakes slip through the cracks. If you are having any problems purchasing kits or other supplies, please contact us and we will get back to you ASAP to fix the problem.

We’re glad to hear that you’ve been using up the supplies in your kit – that means that you are a super-tester! If you are looking for a re-stock, we have packs available here. If you need something that is not inside of this pack, check the store for other stand-alone products!

We sometimes have grants which can support sending out free items to testers. Contact us to find out more!

The answer depends on how often you use your kit! While our official schedule involves testing once per month, some of our testers decide to go out weekly. If you are going to test during our official testing weekends, the Freshwater and Compact kits will last well over a year. If you are going out to test more frequently, we recommend that you use some of the more expensive tests less often, such as the dissolved oxygen kit.

Every item in our testkits has been carefully researched. We’ve compared them to other available items on the market to make sure we have the most reliable and user friendly equipment. You can learn more about how we chose the different items in our testkit on our research page.

Yes! We offer a bulk discount of 5% off when you order 10 or more of our Freshwater Explorer testkits or Compact Freshwater testkits, and 10% off when you order 20 or more.

Volunteering FAQs

That’s great! We’re always looking for more stories. You can contact us, make sure to tell us your story and we’ll be in touch! We like to put our stories on our website and our social media.

We love partnering with knowledgeable people that have something to share with our community. Reach out to us and let’s discuss it more! We can work on making a short video explaining a certain water parameter that you test for together, or write something for our stories page.

Amazing! We always encourage people to start testing the water in what ever way is available to them! You can get one of our testkits or you can start gathering other data with equipment you have on hand. Your eyes are your best tool! You can go observe:

  • The water and the shoreline
  • Animals, plants, and fish you see
  • Does the water level look low, normal or high?
  • If you have a thermometer, you can easily measure the air and water temperature and record that as well.

You can also reach out to local environmental groups and see how they’re testing the water and ask if they need help.

I really enjoyed being a Water Ranger this summer. I have learnt so much about the local watershed, and surprised at the constancy of the results, which is deeply pleasing and shows that the ecosystem is well balanced. I have seen many other sites which I would like to test but time escapes me. Perhaps next year I can select different sites and see how they change over time.

JoAnne, participant in WWF equip program