Have you ever thought about helping science while sitting on your couch?

Through the project WaterWeWaste by Citizen Science you can make the difference by actively taking part in the collection of scientific data. The first aim of the project is to investigate the water consumption and the second one is to examine the use of seafood products. In order to carry on the project your help will be essential. In fact, the reliability of the results will be greater the more we collect data.


Find out how to participate

How to join the project

Thanks to the help offered by the citizens, the project “WaterWeWaste” would like to collect data and information about the drinkable water consumption and the use of seafood products. The participants will be asked to answer some questions about each one of the two topics. The method is based on the model of Citizen Science, in which each citizen plays an important role in collecting data. Moreover, the citizens will be provided all the necessary information for understanding better the context and the background of the project.

What can you do?

Remembering that we need to have the most ACCURATE and reliable DATA possible, we ask you to:

  1. READ carefully the two following questionnaires (drinkable water and seafood products) in order to know which questions, you will need to answer;
  2. TAKE YOUR TIME to collect the information you will need for answering the questions (pay particular attention to the one about WATER CONSUMPTION);
  3. Following the instructions that you can find on the questionnaires TRACK your water and seafood products use;
  4. COMPLETE the questionnaires by entering all the data collected, answering all the questions and always specifying the day on which you made the survey.

The two themes

Drinkable water

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Seafood products

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Why WaterWeWaste?

The goal of the project is to collect a big amount of data about how much and how water is used by citizens. This will be possible thanks to your help. With this project we hope to reach as many people as we can, including children and young people like us. Thanks to the questionnaires that we developed, we want to give our contribution to the already existing data collections about water consumption by updating and spreading the data collection to all Italian municipalities. In this way we will be able to understand how you use water, how much water do you use and if you are aware of exceeding in the use of it. Moreover, we want to investigate if we can compare our results with the already existing estimations and we want to find out the test validity of our questionnaires and if they can be considered scientifically relevant. At last, if you will decide to take part to the project, you will have the opportunity to increase your knowledge about how to use water in a sustainable way and how to be an example for other people.

The goal of the second questionnaire is the collection of information about the use of seafood products. We are aware of existing estimations and predictions about the use of seafood products, but we would like to investigate their accuracy and if our results can relate to them. We want to contribute finding out which impact has our domestic use of seafood products on marine ecosystems. It is important to find out if our habits concerning seafood products use still allow the regeneration of new resources. Though the questionnaire we try to investigate on one side the individual use of seafood products and on the other side our knowledge about what we eat.

First detection results

From 9 to 24 May we made a first data collection, these are some of the results obtained (click to zoom).

The project

Our school class had the opportunity to take interest in water, its cycles, its interactions with climate and the use of hydric resources thanks to the project cheACQUA and the collaboration with CNR-ISMAR (Istituto di Scienze Marine del Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche). Francesca Alvisi, researcher at CNR-ISMAR, introduced our school into the school network in Trentino under the coordination of Fondazione FBK (Tn). Our school had the goal to study and evaluate the role of the sea on the territory evolution, on the water cycles and on natural and artificial rivers and channels. We were supposed to analyse some specific cases using models of the morphology of our territory and the northern part of the Adriatic Sea. Due to the Corona crisis we had to rethink the development of our project and to create and to create our online project "WaterWeWaste".
The WWW initiative has become part of the CAMMINANDO SULLE TRACCE DEL MARE project which was born from an idea of Francesca Alvisi and Silvia Merlino, researchers of CNR-ISMAR, and Elisa Baldrighi of CNR-IRBIM to collect, rationalize and enhance different projects created by CNR-ISMAR and other research institutes on the sea over time with schools and citizens who all share the theme of the SEA, in collaboration with the CNR Communication and Public Relations Unit.

Who we are

We are the 4ªLSA class of the Salesian Institute BVSL in Bologna. The WaterWeWaste initiative was born thanks to Francesca Alvisi, researcher of the CNR-ISMAR of Bologna, in the context of the collaboration with the FBK Foundation of Trento. For the realization of this initiative, we divided into working groups that have taken care of and will take care of the different parts of this initiative.


Do you want to have more information about the project or to collaborate with us? You can contact us on our social pages Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or by email by writing to waterwewaste@gmail.com or through the following form.