National event puts a focus on wise water use
Every year, National Water Week splashes across the country, using the third week of October to inspire people and organisations to work together and increase awareness of and educate others about the importance of saving water.
Water Week’s theme for 2018 is ‘Water for me, Water for all,’ encouraging young people and the community to think more carefully about how they use water day-to-day given not everybody in the world has access to clean, running water all of the time.
Established in 1962 The Australian Water Association is Australia’s biggest water network coordinator for National Water Week.
Water in Australia is a precious and invaluable commodity and resource, with the lack thereof possessing the power to cripple livelihoods, industries and the economy.
According to the Bureau of Meteorology, last month was the driest September on record, with rainfall totals in the lowest 10 per cent of historical rainfall totals in greater south western Western Australia, across the Eyre Peninsula and agricultural districts in South Australia, much of the western half of New South Wales, and nearly all of Victoria except parts of south and west Gippsland.
Bunbury Primary School was recently recognised by the Water Corporation for being a waterwise school for 20 years, one of 576 waterwise schools in WA but one of just two in the South West.
“It is so important for the next generation to understand the value of water and adopt waterwise behaviour in their daily lives,” Water Corporation South West regional manager John Janssen said.
Water is much more than just a regional and national concern, with the topic linked to several of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, namely good health and wellbeing, gender equality, affordable and clean energy, sustainable cities and communities, life below water, and life on land.
Community members of all ages and demographics are asked and encouraged to consider their water use and what they can do to conserve it.
Water is too precious towaste. NationalWater Week is designed to get people thinking and talking about water usage and conservation.