What’s National Water Week?

Each October, National Water Week makes a splash right across Australia, inspiring individuals, communities and organisations to work together to build community awareness and understanding around water related topics and challenges.

National Water Week provides an opportunity to remind ourselves and teach others that 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, use water wisely and respect its importance in our societies.

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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 and how we can protect it so we have it in the future. It also gives us a huge opportunity to start conversations and encourage people to learn more about the value of water. 

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 safe water to drink.

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. If there's water for you and me, then there should be water for all.

Get involved

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. It’s your week so you can shape your own unique event to engage your school, college, workplace, community, family or friends in the water issues that matter to you.

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. These are your first port of call for inspiration, materials and guidance about creating an interesting and informative National Water Week activity!


Articles to promote water education to young people

Informing young people about the importance of water and how to be water wise is key to securing our water future. Have a read of these articles to find out about recent work in water education and teaching young people about their role in making sure we have enough water in the future.

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 
Ballina turns to recycled water 
The power of poo 
Fido joins the fight against hidden water leaks 
Community participation in water management 
New online portal lets students discover STEM 
Bottled water no better than tap 
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 
New perspectives on recycled water 

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
2007 – Water for Life