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’s happening in 2018?
This year's National Water Week theme is ‘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!
Get involved in our competitions!
This year, the Australian Water Association is holding a colouring competition
for primary school students and a short film competition
for both primary and high school students.
The colouring competition is open to all Australian primary school students. Simply download any of the posters below, colour them in and send them back to our National Water Week Coordinator
before the closing date of Friday, 16 November. There are two prizes up for grabs, one for first place and one for second place, valued at $200 each. Check out the colouring competition guidelines here
Your entries can be sent to:
Australian Water Association
ATTN: National Water Week Competition
PO Box 222
St Leonards NSW 1590
Please include your best contact details so we can let you know if you've won!
Short film competition
The short film competition is open to all primary and high school students across Australia. Students must come up with a short film (no longer than 5 minutes) that responds in part or full to the question:
What can we do to make sure there’s water for me and water for all?
Send your short film to the National Water Week Coordinator
by Friday, 16 November. Entries will be judged on the most creative responses to the guiding question. There are two prizes to be won, one for the best primary school entry and one for the best high school entry, both valued at $200. Parental consent forms for all students involved in the short films must be submitted with each entry for it to be valid. You can download the short film guidelines and parental consent form here.
Events around the country
What have you got planned for National Water
Week? Tell us
what you’re up to and
we’ll promote here it to encourage others to follow your lead. Below are some events taking place around the country.