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 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!



Our competitions

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.

Colouring competition

The colouring competition closed on Friday, 16 November. Winners will be notified by 30 November.

Colouring Poster 1   Colouring Poster 2  
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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.

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