What’s National Water Week?
Every third week of October, National Water Week makes a splash across Australia, inspiring individuals, communities and organisations to work
together to build awareness around the value of water. Access to clean water is hugely
important to every aspect of our lives, and we must do our best to protect
our water environments and resources, and use water wisely.
Theme for 2019: It's time to change the world
The theme for National Water Week 2019 has been confirmed as "It's time to change the world". This has been adapted from the World's Largest Lesson on the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, a campaign to introduce the 17 sustainable development goals to young people all over the world and unite them to take action to meet these goals by 2030. More information about the water-related goals can be found further down the page.
What happened in 2018?
This year's National Water Week theme was ‘Water for me, Water for all’. This theme encourages young people and the wider community to think about how we use water on a day-to-day basis and how we can protect it so we have it in the future. We sometimes take it for granted that clean water simply pours out of our taps and showers but not everyone in the world has this luxury. The UN's Sustainable Development Goal #6 challenges us to work towards a world where everyone will have access to safe and clean water.
Water has linkages across several of the Sustainable Development Goals including Goal #3 good health and wellbeing, Goal #5 gender equality, Goal #7 affordable and clean energy, Goal #11 sustainable cities and communities, Goal #14 life below water, and Goal #15 life on land. These are all topics of conversation that you can bring up in the classroom, at the dinner table and in your lunchroom using our fact sheets below!
This year, the Australian Water Association held a colouring competition
for primary school students and a short film competition
for both primary and high school students. Below are our 2018 competition winners.
We had an overwhelming amount of colouring entries so we decided to award four winners. Each winner will receive a $100 gift voucher in January 2019.
| Grace, QLD
|| Abbey, Year 6, VIC
| Chloe, Year 4, VIC
|| Otis, Year 3, WA
Short film competition
Our two winners will each receive a $200 JB Hi Fi gift voucher in January 2019.
Hallidays Point Public School, Primary School Winner
Sumedh Joshi, High School Winner
Events around the country
Below are some events that took place around the country for National Water Week 2018.