National Water Week
National Water Week

Every third week of October, National Water Week makes a splash across Australia, inspiring individuals, communities and organisations to build awareness around the value of water. Access to clean water is hugely important to our daily lives, and it’s down to all of us to protect our water environments and resources, and use water wisely.

Reimagining our Water Future

The theme for 2020 is Reimagining our Water Future. As our population grows, this will put more stress on our water resources, so how can we reimagine the way we use and reuse water to ensure there’s enough of it in the future? How can we rethink our current water practices to help conserve valuable water resources? What can we do as individuals and as communities to inspire a more sustainable water future?

National   Short Film Competition
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Short Film Competition

The National Water Week Short Film Competition is now open for primary and high-school students.

This year we're asking: How can we reimagine our water future? Students should ask themselves: how can we rethink the way we use and reuse water to ensure there's enough of it in the future? How can we conserve valuable water resources? What actions can individuals, communities, local councils or governments take towards a more sustainable water future?

Entry details
Short films should not be longer than (2) minutes and must be put together by a maximum of (2) students. Consent forms must be signed by a parent or legal guardian and their teacher for every entry. Full details can be found here.

Judging criteria
Our judges will be looking for entries that have clear actions, creative filming techniques, engaging and clever storytelling, and they must be original works.

Two prizes, valued at $250 each thanks to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, will be awarded to the winners of the primary school competition and the high-school competition. The prize packages will include individual prizes for the student/s involved and a prize for their school. 

Key dates
The competition closes at midnight on Friday, 6 November. Judging will take place between 9-13 November by AWA staff. A primary school winner and a high-school winner will be announced on 23 November.

How to enter
You'll need to fill out the online form to enter the short film competition. You'll be asked to upload your short film to the relevant category as well as a signed consent form. Enter the competition here.


There are several ways you can get involved in National Water Week. You can host an event in your local community, or theme your lessons around water for the whole week. Let us know what you're doing for National Water Week this year. We'll list it below so that your staff or the local community can get involved.

Water Night
Between 5pm to 5am on the evening of Thursday, 22 October, Smart Approved WaterMark is encouraging Australians to use one bucket of water, no taps, no showers, no running water. Schools can get involved too!

They've got some great resources and tips to help you get through the night while saving bucket-loads!
  Online Learning Festival
Join students and communities across Victoria to learn about water during the Online Learning Festival.

As well as finding out the state winners of the poster competition, there will be a popular water show online and author Meg Humphrys will be talking about her book, When Water Lost Her Way. All activities are free of charge - just register.
  Walk for Water
263 million people worldwide spend over 30 minutes walking to collect water from a safe source.

WaterAid is inviting Australians to walk, run or ride in solidarity with those who need to walk long distances to collect water. Sign up as an individual or organise a walk with colleagues!
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Water in the Bush Conference
Water in the Bush is the Northern Territory's annual water conference taking place in Darwin this year during National Water Week on 22 October. The conference will be face-to-face, with a live-stream option available for those unable to travel.
  WA Water Awards Dinner
The 2020 WA Water Awards Dinner recognises the exceptional achievements of individuals and organisations in the WA water industry. This year's dinner will be held at The Ritz-Carlton in Perth with a keynote address by water innovator Will Sarni.
  Best Tasting Tap Water
The WIOA – Ixom 2020 Best Tasting Tap Water in Australia Competition is being held on Wednesday, 21 October. Every year this event showcases the hard work that the water industry does behind the scenes to deliver high quality drinking water to the community.
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Here you’ll find a range of resources to spread the word about water, like making sure people practice good water habits or brushing up on your knowledge of the Sustainable Development Goals. Feel free to download the resources for your own use to celebrate National Water Week.

Colouring posters

Learning resources

Sustainable Development Goals
World's Largest Lesson – Introduce the Sustainable Development Goals to children and young people everywhere
Animated films – Learn about the Sustainable Development Goals through these fun animated films
Global Goals Games – Play these games for a student led approach to learning about the Goals

Indigenous water
Where's our Water? – Hunter Water has collaborated with Indigenous communities to develop a story book for primary students
River Kids – ABC goes 'Behind the News' to explore the challenges facing the Murray River
Indigenous Weather Knowledge – The Bureau of Meteorology looks at the history of Indigenous weather, environmental knowledge and cultural stories
National Cultural Flows Research Project – Looks at Indigenous connections to water and Aboriginal water values
The Great NT Water Story – Power & Water Corporation's student storybook and teacher guide

Water cycle
Perth's Water Supply – Water Corporation's interactive online tool showing where Perth's water comes from
Interactive Water Cycle – Unitywater's Education Program has resources for teachers and students
When Water Lost Her Way – Audio book presentation of the Australian book When Water Lost Her Way
Natural Water Cycle Colouring Sheet – Learn about the natural water cycle with South East Water's colouring sheets
Urban Water Cycle Water Warriors – Find out how Melbourne Water's Water Warriors make a positive impact on the urban water cycle

Flushing water
Don't Flush Your Underwear – Bundaberg Regional Council's video shows why you shouldn't flush your undies down the loo
Poo Crew – ABC goes 'Behind the News' to find out what happens when you flush the loo

Bottled water
Bottled Vs Tap Water – ABC goes 'Behind the News' to find out why people pay for bottled water when our tap water is safe and free
Banning Bottled Water – ABC goes 'Behind the News' to find out why a small NSW town has banned the sale of bottled water

Saving water
Smart water advice – Smart Approved Watermark has some great advice on being smart with water in and around the home
Weird Water – ABC goes 'Behind the News' to teach kids to stop wasting water
Love Water Quiz – Hunter Water's quiz will tell you if you're a Wasteful Wade or an Aware Alice!
Saving Energy & Water Around the Home – EWOV shares tips on saving energy and water around the home
Blue House – Smart Approved WaterMark's Blue House teaches you how easy it is to save water

Caring for our catchments
Catchment challenge – Take Cairns Regional Council's catchment challenge and learn what makes a healthy waterway
Water Education Videos – WaterNSW has a range of videos about building dams, and managing water supply and quality

Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths (STEAM)
STEAM water activities – Cairns Regional Council has worksheets and activities to encourage critical thinking while learning about water
Resources for Parents & Teachers – Andrea Beaty has books, posters and free downloadables to inspire kids to love STEM

General water education
H2O Kids online – Seqwater's online school education program has lots of interactive lessons to learn all about water
Walter Smart Schools Performance – An interactive experience that motivates children to make small changes to their water using behaviours
The Well of Water Information – SA Water's learning program teaches kids about the importance of water
Educational Resources – Melbourne Water has lots of resources on wetlands, saving water, and the water cycle
Teaching Resources – All the teaching resources you need to help students learn about our most precious resource
Water Resources for Everyone – South East Water has resources for kids, teachers, parents and the community
Water Education Resources – Water Corporation's education site has resources for teachers, games for kids, and information for schools

Water activities for under 5s
Water Wonders – Cairns Regional Council's under 5 activities include a water-themed snakes and ladders (fills and spills) and water bingo

The role of AWA in National Water Week

The Australian Water Association is the national coordinator for National Water Week. We encourage water industry organisations, schools and communities to create, take part in and promote National Water Week events, activities and educational resources.

We provide a suite of resources (posters, logos, colouring sheets, etc.) to help you spread the word and we showcase your activities to our networks to share your successes. If you have any queries about National Water Week you can contact us.

Past National Water Week themes

2019 – It's Time to Change the World
2018 – Water for me, Water for all
2017 – Water - the heart of our culture
2016 – Water, life, growth
2015 – Water innovation for future generations
2014 – There are more sources than you think
2013 – Liveable communities
2012 – Valuing our water
2011 – Healthy Catchments, Healthy Communities
2010 – Many sources, many uses, everyone’s responsibilities
2009 – Securing our Water Future
2008 – Clean Water Essential for Life