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National Water Week
Every third week of October, the Australian Water Association organises National Water Week and 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.
As the national host for the week, the Australian Water Association encourages organisations, schools and communities to create, take part in, organise and promote National Water Week events, activities and educational resources. If you have any queries about National Water Week, please contact us.
The #NWW2021 theme this year is Caring for water and Country, this celebrates the vital and cultural role that water plays in our lives. Recognising the importance water plays in our lives, Caring for water and Country aims to deepen our understanding of Australian First Nations people’s knowledge in protecting and sustaining our water and lands for over 65,000 years.
AWA is proud to bring this year’s National Water Week theme to life. We engaged Spirit Creative’s artist Dennis Golding who produced the artwork “Our Waters”. The artwork is inspired from Dennis’ strong connection to Country, from the freshwater and saltwater regions of northern and north-west NSW.
Meet our Water Ambassadors:
Traditional Owner Gomeroi, Kamilaroi, Gamilaroi Nation
Senior Aboriginal Consultant, Alluvium Group
MDBA Basin Community Committee Chair - First Indigenous Chair
First Indigenous Board Member, NSW Natural
Resource Access Regulator Board
|Dr Annette Davison
AWA Water Professional of the Year 2020
Principal Risk Analyst and Founder, Risk Edge
R&D Manager and Co-founder, D2K Information
Chief Thinker and Co-founder, OneStreet
Chief Executive, Australian Water Association
So, how will you care for water and Country this National Water Week?
Add your video to social media using hashtags #NWW2021, #Caring4waterandCountry, #NWW2021WaterAmbassador and #NationalWaterWeek2021.
In your video you can answer these questions:
• What is your water story?
• What does ‘Caring for water and Country’ mean for you?
• What are your hopes for the future?
NWW Poster Competition for Primary Students
Entries close on midnight 11 November 2021.
To celebrate National Water Week the Australian Water Association is calling for primary aged students to get creative and participate in our NWW Poster Competition which celebrates the theme of Caring for water and Country, and is proudly supported by Nylex.
Caring for water and Country recognises the importance water plays in our lives by deepening our understanding of Australian First Nations people’s knowledge of protecting and sustaining our water and lands for over 65,000 years since the Dreamtime. It is a time to learn more about the vital and cultural role that water plays in our lives and how we can create a better future by caring more now.
Primary school students are encouraged to create a poster reflecting what this means to them.
• Posters must be A4 or A3 in size and submitted digitally.
• Any art material and digital technology can be used, including paint, textas, coloured pencils, collage materials, original photographs & digital graphics.
• Group artwork will not be accepted (only one student per artwork).
Our NWW Committee* will select the best posters using the following criteria:
• How well does the poster communicate relevant water-related issues?
• How attractive does it look from a distance?
• Have art materials been used effectively?
• Does the poster use innovative imagery, design or concepts?
*AWA’s NWW Committee will judge the entries and are members of AWA’s Water Literacy Specialist Network and invited First Nations representatives Phil Duncan and Dennis Golding.
Poster entries are invited in five categories:
• First year of primary school
• Year 1-2
• Year 3-4
• Year 5-6
• Special Needs
The winning student in each category will be awarded a Nylex prize pack to the value of $150, including a Nylex electronic tap timer, flextreme, tube oscillating sprinkler and two litre watering can.
The winning student’s school will receive a Nylex prize pack to the value of $350, including a digital weather station, a Nylex 20 metre retractable hose reel and a premium 7-function spray gun.
How to enter
Entries open 11 October and close at midnight 11 November 2021.
All posters need to be digitally uploaded via the entry form above.
See the Terms and Conditions of entry here.
For any questions about the poster competition, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The NWW Poster Competition is proudly supported by
We’ll be holding a range of exciting events in the lead up to and throughout National Water Week 18-24 October.
Here we’ve got an extensive list of educational resources that explore all the different aspects of water including the water cycle, the sustainability goals, Indigenous water knowledge, how to save water, caring for our catchments, and general water education. If you have a resource that you’d like to add to this list, get in touch with us.
Colour Poster - available for everyone to download and colour in!
Talking water -Kwatja Ngkama' is the Western Arrernte translation for "Talking Water'. Check out AWA/WSAA's video series.
Where's our Water? – Hunter Water has collaborated with Indigenous communities to develop a story booka 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
Sustainable Development Goals
World's Largest Lesson – Introduce the Sustainable Development Goals to children and young people everywhere
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
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 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
Using water wisely
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
Water-savvy gardens – Looking for some water-savvy garden inspiration? Urban Utilities shares tips on how to achieve great results in your garden without compromising plants and water use.
How low can you go? – Urban Utilities along with Henry the H20 hero has some great tips on saving water at home, as well as some pretty cool dance moves. Take the How low can you go Challenge today.
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
Reducing Pathogens from Entering Estuaries – Watch this 4-part series from NRM North on catchment works in Northern Tasmania aimed at reducing pathogens
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
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
Educational Resources – Urban Utilities has a wide variety of educational resources such as activity sheets, videos, games and more!
‘Water… WOW!’ – Learn about water and waterways with Georges Riverkeeper’s Stage 3 Education Modules
Healthy Waterways Education Series – Videos and fact sheets about Tamar estuary from science and history experts with industry and government representatives
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