Waterwise Schools snapshot

Here is a snapshot of some of the great things that our waterwise schools have achieved.

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Aubin Grove Primary School coloring in competition display

Aubin Grove Primary School is one of our newly recognised schools.  They celebrated National Water Week. All year groups participated in a variety of waterwise activities within their classrooms and the school held a blue dress up day to bring awareness to the importance of saving water and protecting such a valuable resource.  The money raised was put towards a water tank to recycle rain water for their vegetable garden.  A poster competition was held for the upper students with them designing one on the theme of 'saving water'.  The lower students participated in a colouring in competition with entries displayed in the library.  The winners were presented at the assembly and the official fundraising amount of $800 was announced.

Cranbrook primary School water tanks

In 2013 Cranbrook Primary School joined the Waterwise Schools Program as part of the school’s overall sustainability program.  The school sustainability committee (comprising students staff and parent representative) developed a plan to reduce the amount of scheme water used for watering  the gardens by capturing and storing rain water off the school buildings. The committee members identified a total roof area of 1000m2  and a hardstand area of 1200m2 (their annual rainfall is ~ 500mm). Using 90% run off from the roof and 60% from the hardstand they have the capacity to capture 828kL. With this information the committee decided to pursue grants to assist in the purchase of rain water tanks. They have been successful in receiving $5000 from FRRR and $4000 from Water Corporation and these funds have facilitated the purchase of two tanks (total capacity 87kL). With the assistance of the local Men’s Shed the tanks have been connected to the school guttering. Their veggie gardens are now watered 90% from the rain water but last summer they had to supplement with a small amount of scheme water. In 2015 they hope to be fully reliant of rain water as they have converted a number of garden beds into “wicking beds” which use a lot less water. They are seeking further grants to install more tanks to store water from the hardstand area, this water will be used to water the school lawns and gardens and be plumbed into their ablution blocks to be used for flushing toilets.  

Jarrahdale Primary SchoolAs part of a sustainability focus, Jarrahdale Primary has developed a program called Earth Aware. Every Tuesday morning the entire school participates in an Earth Aware session from 9.15–10.45am.

Students from Kindy to Year 6 are organised into 5 mixed age groups for sessions. Each of these groups is comprised of approximately 18 students and is named after a native animal from the local area such as a Quenda or Woylie.

The sessions run in 5-week blocks and cover waterwise, wastewise, cooking, gardening and technology.

The model has been very successful and the small class sizes and in-depth approach to each topic has also encouraged parents to stay and participate with the students.

St Mary Star of the Sea

The Waterwise Schools Program aims to share our fresh water thinking approach with students across the state and teach them about the importance and value of one of our most precious resources.

We visited St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic School in Carnarvon to talk to high school students about the work that we do, the quality of WA’s water supply schemes and the state of water around the world.  During the visit, students and teachers shared with us the work they’ve been doing to help a community in Cambodia with water and sanitation issues.

Following a year of preparation, which raised $7,000, 7 students and 5 teachers from the school set off to the remote village of Siem Reap. The funds were used to support a number of projects and students rolled up their sleeves to help with the construction of five wells in rural areas around the region. The wells mean locals now have  access to clean drinking water. What a great example of fresh water thinking spanning the globe!

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Palmyra Primary School students doing gardening

Palmyra Primary School are leaders in sustainability.  Sustainability has become an integral component of the school through integration into authentic learning plans, whole school processes and every day teaching and learning experiences. Student Sustainability Officers are a central component to the implementation and longevity of the varied programs at Palmyra. 

The Sustainability Officers are selected from students in years 4, 5 and 6 who are offered the opportunity to apply for the position in writing. This leadership role within the school gives students the opportunity to engage in authentic learning while using their initiative to manage sustainability processes currently within the school. It also allows them to devise and trial new initiatives across the very broad spectrum of sustainability.

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Case Studies

Check out some of these great case studies on schools that have significantly reduced their water consumption.

Staff, students and the school community responded to the need to reduce the schools water consumption by implementing a number of water saving initiatives. With increased awareness about the need to save water, the school has developed a sense of place and belonging within the community as a result of their water saving success.

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The school installed a water, energy and gas monitoring system and identified that irregular water use was linked to the irrigation system. The school has reduced its water use by over 60 per cent, since implementing water efficiency measures.

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The school significantly reduced irrigation water consumption on their sports ovals through the use of soil moisture data logging. Soil moisture data logging helped Mazenod College to understand just exactly when the water was needed which lead to a reduction in overwatering.

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Durack Institute of Technology significantly reduced their water consumption by implementing an innovative water management program that utilises a number of water saving initiatives. The program is part of a strong sustainability focus at the institute that helps contributes to the continued maintenance and reduction of water use.

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