National Water Week 2017

Water - the Heart of our Culture

What’s National Water Week?

Each October, National Water Week makes a splash right across Australia, inspiring individuals, communities and organisations to work together to build community awareness and understanding around water related topics and challenges.

National Water Week provides an opportunity to remind ourselves and teach others that access to clean water is hugely important to every aspect of our lives, and we must do our utmost to protect our water environments and resources, use water wisely and respect its importance in our societies.

National Water Week 2017 logo

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What’s happening in 2017?

This year's National Water Week theme is ‘Water – the Heart of our Culture’. This theme encourages young people to explore how water shapes our everyday lives through recreational activities, the natural world and our community values.

National Water Week 2017 is a call to action, challenging us all to make changes to our day-to-day lives to protect this essential resource which shapes almost everything we do.

It also gives us a huge opportunity to start conversations and encourage people to learn more about the technologies and the people that keep our taps running and ensure Australia has a sustainable water future to support our economy and our communities.

How do I get involved?

In the run up to National Water Week, we will share resources, ideas and stories on this webpage, our social media platforms and in our member news channels to inspire you to create your own National Water Week activity under the theme of ‘Water – the Heart of our Culture’.

It’s your week so you can shape your own unique event to engage your school, college, workplace, community, family or friends in the water issues that matter to you.

Tell us what you’re doing!

What have you got planned for National Water Week? Tell us what you’re up to and we’ll promote it to encourage others to follow your lead. 

Colouring posters

Start with our educational resources for students and teachers

The below links offer a huge variety of water education resources, as does the Australian Water Association’s Teacher Resources pages. These are your first port of call for inspiration, materials and guidance about creating an interesting and informative National Water Week activity!

The role of the Association 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 create your events and we showcase your activities to our networks to spread the word and share your successes. If you have any queries about National Water Week you can contact us and we will be happy to help!

Past National Water Week themes

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
2007 – Water for Life
2006 – Water for Life
2005 – Water for Life
2004 – H2O in 2020