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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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. 

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 plays an important part in many of the other Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) too. Click on any of the boxes below to find out more about each SDG and the related targets.





Below you’ll find some colouring pages which you can download and print for use in the classroom or at home. This year we won’t be running a competition but we’d still love to see how you’ve coloured them in. If you share photos on social media be sure to tag Australian Water Association or use the hashtag #NationalWaterWeek so that we can share them too. 

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Our 2018 competitions

Last 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.

Colouring competition

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.
Colouring Poster Winner 1   Colouring Poster Winner 2 Colouring Poster Winner 1   Colouring Poster Winner 2
 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

Let us know what you're doing for National Water Week this year. We'll list it below so that your staff or the local community can get involved.

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