Na­tional event puts a fo­cus on wise wa­ter use

South Western Times - - Lifestyle -

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.

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