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National Water Week

Every third week of October, the Australian Water Association organises National Water Week and makes a splash across Australia, inspiring individuals, communities and organisations to build awareness around the value of water. Access to clean water is hugely important to our daily lives, and it’s down to all of us to protect our water environments and resources, and use water wisely.

As the national host for the week, the Australian Water Association encourages organisations, schools and communities to create, take part in, organise and promote National Water Week events, activities and educational resources. If you have any queries about National Water Week, please contact us.

The #NWW2021 theme this year is Caring for water and Country, this celebrates the vital and cultural role that water plays in our lives. Recognising the importance water plays in our lives, Caring for water and Country aims to deepen our understanding of Australian First Nations people’s knowledge in protecting and sustaining our water and lands for over 65,000 years.

AWA is proud to bring this year’s National Water Week theme to life. We engaged Spirit Creative’s artist Dennis Golding who produced the artwork “Our Waters”. The artwork is inspired from Dennis’ strong connection to Country, from the freshwater and saltwater regions of northern and north-west NSW.

Meet our Water Ambassadors:

Phil Duncan  
Traditional Owner Gomeroi, Kamilaroi, Gamilaroi Nation  
Senior Aboriginal Consultant, Alluvium Group  
MDBA Basin Community Committee Chair - First Indigenous Chair  
First Indigenous Board Member, NSW Natural
Resource Access Regulator Board
Dr Annette Davison  
AWA Water Professional of the Year 2020  
Principal Risk Analyst and Founder, Risk Edge  
R&D Manager and Co-founder, D2K Information  
Chief Thinker and Co-founder, OneStreet  
Corinne Cheeseman  
Chief Executive, Australian Water Association 

So, how will you care for water and Country this National Water Week?  

Add your video to social media using hashtags #NWW2021, #Caring4waterandCountry, #NWW2021WaterAmbassador and #NationalWaterWeek2021. 
In your video you can answer these questions: 

  • What is your water story?    
  • What does ‘Caring for water and Country’ mean for you?
  • What are your hopes for the future? 

NWW Poster Competition for Primary Students


Entries close on midnight 11 November 2021.

To celebrate National Water Week the Australian Water Association is calling for primary aged students to get creative and participate in our NWW Poster Competition which celebrates the theme of Caring for water and Country, and is proudly supported by Nylex.

Caring for water and Country recognises the importance water plays in our lives by deepening our understanding of Australian First Nations people’s knowledge of protecting and sustaining our water and lands for over 65,000 years since the Dreamtime. It is a time to learn more about the vital and cultural role that water plays in our lives and how we can create a better future by caring more now.

Primary school students are encouraged to create a poster reflecting what this means to them.

Poster Criteria
  • Posters must be A4 or A3 in size and submitted digitally.
  • Any art material and digital technology can be used, including paint, textas, coloured pencils, collage materials, original photographs & digital graphics.
  • Group artwork will not be accepted (only one student per artwork).

Our NWW Committee* will select the best posters using the following criteria:
  • How well does the poster communicate relevant water-related issues?
  • How attractive does it look from a distance?
  • Have art materials been used effectively?
  • Does the poster use innovative imagery, design or concepts?

*AWA’s NWW Committee will judge the entries and are members of AWA’s Water Literacy Specialist Network and invited First Nations representatives Phil Duncan and Dennis Golding.

Award categories
Poster entries are invited in five categories:
• First year of primary school
• Year 1-2
• Year 3-4
• Year 5-6
• Special Needs

The winning student in each category will be awarded a Nylex prize pack to the value of $150, including a Nylex electronic tap timer, flextreme, tube oscillating sprinkler and two litre watering can.

The winning student’s school will receive a Nylex prize pack to the value of $350, including a digital weather station, a Nylex 20 metre retractable hose reel and a premium 7-function spray gun.

How to enter
Entries open 11 October and close at midnight 11 November 2021.  
All posters need to be digitally uploaded via the entry form above. 
See the Terms and Conditions of entry here.

For any questions about the poster competition, please contact events@awa.asn.au.

The NWW Poster Competition is proudly supported by



We’ll be holding a range of exciting events in the lead up to and throughout National Water Week 18-24 October.  

16 October Engineers without Borders Trivia Night
1-31 October AWA's Inspire Reconciliation webinar
18-22 October  WaterAid Walk for Water
18-20 October Sydney Water Innovation Festival
18-26 October Victorian Educators Network Online Learning Festival – Explore Your Backyard 
19 October  AWA's Water Literacy and Education Member Circle (must be a member of the network)
20 October  VIC Merri Creek Women’s Walk
20 October  WA Sundowner
21 October QLD YWP Mentoring Program
21 October NSW/ACT YWP Mentoring Program
21 October SA Sundowner 
21 October Water Night
23 October QLD YWP Amazing Race 



Here we’ve got an extensive list of educational resources that explore all the different aspects of water including the water cycle, the sustainability goals, Indigenous water knowledge, how to save water, caring for our catchments, and general water education. If you have a resource that you’d like to add to this list, get in touch with us.

Colouring page
Colour Poster - available for everyone to download and colour in!

Indigenous water
Talking water -Kwatja Ngkama' is the Western Arrernte translation for "Talking Water'. Check out AWA/WSAA's video series.
Where's our Water? – Hunter Water has collaborated with Indigenous communities to develop a story booka for primary students
River Kids – ABC goes 'Behind the News' to explore the challenges facing the Murray River
Indigenous Weather Knowledge – The Bureau of Meteorology looks at the history of Indigenous weather, environmental knowledge and cultural stories
National Cultural Flows Research Project – Looks at Indigenous connections to water and Aboriginal water values
The Great NT Water Story – Power & Water Corporation's student storybook and teacher guide

Sustainable Development Goals
World's Largest Lesson – Introduce the Sustainable Development Goals to children and young people everywhere

Water cycle
Perth's Water Supply – Water Corporation's interactive online tool showing where Perth's water comes from
Interactive Water Cycle – Unitywater's Education Program has resources for teachers and students
When Water Lost Her Way – Audio book presentation of the Australian book When Water Lost Her Way
Natural Water Cycle Colouring Sheet – Learn about the natural water cycle with South East Water's colouring sheets
Urban Water Cycle Water Warriors – Find out how Melbourne Water's Water Warriors make a positive impact on the urban water cycle

Flushing water
Don't Flush Your Underwear – Bundaberg Regional Council's video shows why you shouldn't flush your undies down the loo
Poo Crew – ABC goes 'Behind the News' to find out what happens when you flush the loo

Bottled water
Bottled Vs Tap Water – ABC goes 'Behind the News' to find out why people pay for bottled water when our tap water is safe and free
Banning Bottled Water – ABC goes 'Behind the News' to find out why a small NSW town has banned the sale of bottled water

Using water wisely
Smart water advice – Smart Approved Watermark has some great advice on being smart with water in and around the home
Weird Water – ABC goes 'Behind the News' to teach kids to stop wasting water
Love Water Quiz – Hunter Water's quiz will tell you if you're a Wasteful Wade or an Aware Alice!
Saving Energy & Water Around the Home – EWOV shares tips on saving energy and water around the home
Blue House – Smart Approved WaterMark's Blue House teaches you how easy it is to save water
Water-savvy gardens – Looking for some water-savvy garden inspiration? Urban Utilities shares tips on how to achieve great results in your garden without compromising plants and water use.
How low can you go? – Urban Utilities along with Henry the H20 hero has some great tips on saving water at home, as well as some pretty cool dance moves. Take the How low can you go Challenge today.

Caring for our catchments
Catchment challenge – Take Cairns Regional Council's catchment challenge and learn what makes a healthy waterway
Water Education Videos – WaterNSW has a range of videos about building dams, and managing water supply and quality
Reducing Pathogens from Entering Estuaries – Watch this 4-part series from NRM North on catchment works in Northern Tasmania aimed at reducing pathogens

Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths (STEAM)
STEAM water activities – Cairns Regional Council has worksheets and activities to encourage critical thinking while learning about water
Resources for Parents & Teachers – Andrea Beaty has books, posters and free downloadables to inspire kids to love STEM

General water education
H2O Kids online – Seqwater's online school education program has lots of interactive lessons to learn all about water
The Well of Water Information – SA Water's learning program teaches kids about the importance of water
Educational Resources – Melbourne Water has lots of resources on wetlands, saving water, and the water cycle
Teaching Resources – All the teaching resources you need to help students learn about our most precious resource
Water Resources for Everyone – South East Water has resources for kids, teachers, parents and the community
Water Education Resources – Water Corporation's education site has resources for teachers, games for kids, and information for schools
Educational Resources – Urban Utilities has a wide variety of educational resources such as activity sheets, videos, games and more!
‘Water… WOW!’ – Learn about water and waterways with Georges Riverkeeper’s Stage 3 Education Modules
Healthy Waterways Education Series – Videos and fact sheets about Tamar estuary from science and history experts with industry and government representatives

Water activities for under 5s
Water Wonders – Cairns Regional Council's under 5 activities include a water-themed snakes and ladders (fills and spills) and water bingo


Media Release
- Women’s Walk Trail on the Merri Creek
- Caring for water and Country this National Water Week
- Competitions and events for National Water Week

Story behind the artwork
The artwork titled “Our Waters” was produced with Spirit Creative by artist Dennis Golding whose connection to Country stems from the freshwater and saltwater regions of northern and north-west NSW. 

The patterns flow through different water streams and continue the paths around the circular motifs that often reference meeting places and waterholes. The waters operate as a protector of these grounds to acknowledge First people’s connection to land and waters as they too care for Country now, and who have done so since time immemorial. 

Check out “Our Water’s” artwork to use for #NWW2021, you may click on the images below to download various formats of the artwork

 Zoom Background  Poster
Social Post

Email Signature

Note: The National Water Week logo and artwork are available for public use to help you celebrate #NWW2021. By using the logo or artwork you must attribute the Australian Water Association. The logo and artwork must be used in its entirety and cannot be used for commercial purposes. 

Past Themes

2020 – Let's reimagine our water future
2019 – It's Time to Change the World
2018 – Water for me, Water for all
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