Water­wise ded­i­ca­tion pays off

South Western Times - - News -

Bun­bury Pri­mary School was of­fi­cially recog­nised last week for be­ing a water­wise school for 20 years dur­ing Na­tional Wa­ter Week. It is the sec­ond school in the re­gion to achieve this recog­ni­tion.

Stu­dents were pre­sented with a cer­tifi­cate by Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion South West re­gional manger John Janssen and a water­wise na­tive plant by Aqwest act­ing man­ager Lisa Brock­man dur­ing as­sem­bly on Fri­day.

“It’s great to be ac­knowl­edged for all the ef­forts we have put into try­ing to re­duce our wa­ter wastage,” as­so­ciate prin­ci­pal Franca Dil­lon said.

“The kids are very in­volved in a lot of sustainability projects, with dif­fer­ent classes look­ing af­ter dif­fer­ent sustainability projects.”

Ex­am­ples of the staff and stu­dents work­ing to­wards re­duc­ing their wa­ter wastage in­clude a com­plete re­fur­bish­ment of the school veg­etable gar­den, ad­her­ing to wa­ter­ing times, not turn­ing taps and foun­tains on all the way and plant­ing na­tive plants.

“We’re al­ways com­ing up with new ideas,” Mrs Dil­lon said.

Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion South West re­gional manger John Janssen said it was im­por­tant for the next gen­er­a­tion to un­der­stand the value of wa­ter and adopt water­wise be­hav­iours in their daily lives.

“Bun­bury pri­mary should be very proud,” he said. “There’s only 13 out of 576 water­wise schools in the State that have been water­wise for 20 years, it’s a huge com­mit­ment and ef­fort and it pays off, they should be very proud.”

Bun­bury Pri­mary School stu­den t le a der Ge­or­gia Pelusey and grounds ranger Al­tus Bas­son wi t h t heir cer­tifi­cate and plant. They are pic­tured with­Water Cor­po­ra­tion South West re­gional­man­ager John Janssen and Aqwest act­ing man­ager Lisa Brock­man.

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