National Water Week
National Water Week makes a splash across Australia every third week in October, 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 NaturalResource 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?
POSTER COMPETITION FOR PRIMARY STUDENTS
Primary school students are encouraged to create a poster reflecting what Caring for water and Country means to them.
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.
Poster entries are invited in five categories:
• First year of primary school
• Year 1-2
• Year 3-4
• Year 5-6
• Special Needs
Entries close midnight, Thursday 11 November 2021.
POSTER COMPETITION CRITERIA, PRIZES AND HOW TO ENTER
• 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.
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 close at midnight Thursday 11 November 2021.
All posters need to be digitally uploaded via the entry form below.
AWA Water Literacy & Education Specialist Network Member Circle
Tuesday 19 October | 1:00PM – 2:00PM AEDT
Hear speakers from Hydro Tasmania, Sydney Water, Melbourne Water & Power and Water Corporation on their experiences working in water literacy and education.Register for event
AWA Merri Creek Women's Walk
20 Oct 2021 | 5:30PM - 6:30PM (AEDT)
This initiative sets out to make a positive change by celebrating the Merri Creek community and its connection to the land and water.Register for event
Sydney Water Innovation Festival
18-20 Oct 2021
Sydney Water’s Innovation Festival is a completely new way for us to bring together incredible insights, brilliant debates, and amazing voices to create an experience that explores how we can create a better life for communities through innovation.Register for event
Victorian Educators Network Explore Your Backyard
18 - 26 Oct 2021
Get ready to explore your backyard with this special online learning festival. National Water week will be packed with informative presentations, on-demand lessons and videos, tours and activities.Register for event
WaterAid Walk for Water
18 – 22 October 2021
By taking part in Walk for Water during National Water Week you’ll be helping people around the world access clean water for the first time.Register for event
Engineers without Borders Trivia Night
16 Oct 2021 | 6:30PM (AEDT)
First Nations people exist not only in Australia but the world over and we will be thematically testing you on just this subject!Register for event
Melbourne Water Walking and Working with Traditional Owners on Waterways
18 Oct 2021 | 2PM (AEDT)
Join this live Zoom webinar as part of the Explore your Backyard online learning festival.Register for event
AWA Sundowner (WA)
20 Oct 2021 | 5:15PM – 6:30PM (WST)
Hear from Jerome Wade, one of Water Corporation’s Emerging Indigenous Water Leader scholarship recipients.Register for event
AWA Mentoring Program Launch (NSW / ACT)
21 Oct 2021 | 4PM - 5:30PM
Mentoring is a fantastic way to enhance your Caring for water and country impact.Register for event
AWA Sundowner (SA)
21 Oct 2021 | 5:15PM – 6:30PM (ACDT)
Celebrate National Water Week with a different perspective: water management from space!Register for event
Smart Approved WaterMark Water Night
21 Oct 2021 | 12:00PM – 12:00AM
No taps. One night only. Improve your water mindfulness during National Water Week.Register for event
AWA YWP Amazing Race (QLD)
23 Oct 2021 | 2:00PM – 5:30PM
Young water professionals race around the Brisbane CBD, having fun and celebrating their role in Caring for water and country.Register for event
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
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
National Water Week Media Assets
Story behind the artwork
The artwork titled “Our Waters” was produced with Spirit Creative by artist Dennis Golding whose connection to Country stems from the freshwater and saltwater regions of northern and north-west NSW. The patterns flow through different water streams and continue the paths around the circular motifs that often reference meeting places and waterholes. The waters operate as a protector of these grounds to acknowledge First people’s connection to land and waters as they too care for Country now, and who have done so since time immemorial. Check out “Our Water’s” artwork to use for #NWW2021, you may click on the images below to download various formats of the artwork: