For the past 20 years Hillary’s Primary School has been leading the way in WA by educating young people about the importance of protecting and saving our precious water.

The school’s 20th anniversary as Western Australia’s first Waterwise School is being recognised at a special assembly to be held today as part of National Water Week.

With some help from the Water Corporation’s Waterwise Schools Program, schools across the state have been educating students about the need to value, protect and conserve our water sources since the program commenced in 1995.

Amazingly, Hillarys Primary School Waterwise Coordinator Adrian Coufos started the program 20 ago and is still at the school teaching students useful water saving habits they will carry into adulthood.

Water Corporation A/General Manager Customer and Community Group, David Juers, thanked the school for sharing the waterwise message.

“In our drying climate it’s important the next generation are aware how precious water is, and Hillarys Primary School has been a pioneer in this field,” Mr Juers said.

“An important part of ensuring water supplies into the future is reducing the amount of water we all use, and the Waterwise Schools Program gives students the knowledge they need to save water.”

Like all waterwise schools, Hillarys Primary School participates each year by putting waterwise messages in the school newsletters, having water monitors to check for leaks, and celebrating National Water Week each year.

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Hillarys Primary School will conduct a special waterwise assembly, followed by water shows hosted by Science Alive and Captain Cleanup. A Water Corporation Education Officer will chat to the students and the whole school will participate in an entire day of fun water-related activities and experiments.

Hillarys Waterwise Coordinator Adrian Coufos said the school was proud of the fact they were the first Waterwise School in Western Australia.  

“Twenty years on we are still constantly striving to be leaders in the conservation and protection of our precious fresh water resources. 

“Our students are actively engaged in a range of sustainability programs, and this has a ripple effect throughout the Hillarys community.”

The Waterwise Schools Program takes a long-term approach to water education and behavioural change, and complements the curriculum across all major learning areas.

Further information about the Waterwise Schools Program is available from the Water Corporation’s website watercorporation.com.au


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