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.
What happened in 2018?
This year's National Water Week theme was ‘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!
This 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.
The colouring competition closed on Friday, 16 November. Winners will be notified by 30 November.
Short film competition
The short film competition closed on Friday, 16 November. Winners will be notified by 30 November.
Events around the country
Below are some events that took place around the country for National Water Week 2018.