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.

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What’s happening in 2018?

This year's National Water Week theme is ‘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!



Get involved in our competitions!

This year, the Australian Water Association is holding a colouring competition for primary school students and a short film competition for both primary and high school students.

Colouring competition

The colouring competition is open to all Australian primary school students. Simply download any of the posters below, colour them in and send them back to our National Water Week Coordinator before the closing date of Friday, 16 November. There are two prizes up for grabs, one for first place and one for second place, valued at $200 each. Check out the colouring competition guidelines here.

Your entries can be sent to:
Australian Water Association
ATTN: National Water Week Competition
PO Box 222 
St Leonards NSW 1590
Please include your best contact details so we can let you know if you've won!

Colouring Poster 1   Colouring Poster 2  
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Short film competition

The short film competition is open to all primary and high school students across Australia. Students must come up with a short film (no longer than 5 minutes) that responds in part or full to the question: 
What can we do to make sure there’s water for me and water for all?

Send your short film to the National Water Week Coordinator by Friday, 16 November. Entries will be judged on the most creative responses to the guiding question. There are two prizes to be won, one for the best primary school entry and one for the best high school entry, both valued at $200. Parental consent forms for all students involved in the short films must be submitted with each entry for it to be valid. You can download the short film guidelines and parental consent form here.

Events around the country

What have you got planned for National Water Week? Tell us what you’re up to and we’ll promote here it to encourage others to follow your lead. Below are some events taking place around the country.

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 page. Check these out for inspiration on creating an interesting and informative National Water Week activity!


Water education news

Informing young people about the importance of water and how to be water wise is key to securing our water future. Click on the below links to find out about recent work in water education and teaching young people about their role in making sure there's water for all.

Minister for Water Lisa Neville has launched this year’s Kids Teaching Kids Week
Teenager invents device to produce clean water in developing countries
Younger generations are our water sustainability allies
New water education centre paves the way for better community engagement 
The power of poo 
Fido joins the fight against hidden water leaks 
Community participation in water management 
New online portal lets students discover STEM 
Public encouraged to reduce water pollution with new campaign 
STEM Education and the Water Industry 
Australia must change its approach to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals 

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

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