If you didn’t know it already, this week (20th – 26th October 2013) is National Water Week in Australia, officially celebrating its 20th anniversary this year!
National Water Week is coordinated by the Australian Water Association and is dedicated to raising community awareness about current and future water issues, and to encourage the community to take action to protect our vital water sources. It’s also an acknowledgement of water achievements contributing to sustainable water management and is hosted by each state and territory.
This year’s theme is Liveable Communities. It focuses on the importance of liveable communities on a national scale, and will look to decision makers and the community to spark behavioural change and to ensure sustainable water use is a top priority.
There are a number of events being held around the country as part of this very special week, including the National Water Week Conference being held in Busselton WA, water trail tours, free water testing events, a variety of workshops, and poster competitions. Initiatives focusing on the importance of tap water as opposed to buying bottled water, which contributes to plastic in our landfills, are being high-lighted during the week. Sydney Water is hosting a number of TapTM Cafe pop-ups around NSW and Yarra Valley Water is promoting the use of refillable water bottles and the installation of water refill stations in public open spaces through its Choose Tap program.
Check out the Australian Water Association website to find out what is going on in your town:
For those living in Western Australia, the Water Corporation website has additional information on activities and events happening around WA to celebrate National Water Week:
Water comprises marine, estuarine, freshwater (rivers and lakes) and groundwater sources in both coastal and inland areas. We all rely on it in one form or another, it is clearly a necessity for life. So do yourself and the world around you a favour and Get Involved in water resource management!