Our range of activities, designed to learn about the magical properties of water.
Our water sources: dams, catchments and rainfall
With Fresh Water Thinking we’re looking at our dams and catchments in new ways. Years of below average rainfall means that Perth’s catchments areas have become drier. We're helping our dams by using them to store water from more climate-independent sources such as desalination.
Fresh water thinker tip of the week:
While waiting for the shower or bath water to heat up, capture it in a bucket, it's precious water that can be used on the garden or pot plants.
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Water sources – do you know where your water comes from?
This simple drag and drop activity gets students thinking about where their local source could come from.
Do you know where your drinking water source comes from?
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Kids water experiment
Groundwater is a very important WA water source. Groundwater treatment plants generally clean water using the following processes: aeration, coagulation, sedimentation, filtration and disinfection.
Groundwater often contains organic material and colour that needs to be removed. The colour comes from the natural colours of the earth (e.g dyes from leaves, grass, soil) and turbidity (clay deposits). This video provides you with all the things you need to carry out a specially designed water experiment.
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We create a number of educational resources, for teachers to teach your kids about water.
Lesson plan of the month: How plants drink (under the microscope)
Aimed at year 3-6 year old students, this lesson teaches students how water moves from roots to other parts of the plant, and act as a plant’s water pipeline.
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Did you know...?
- It takes 450 litres (120 gallons) of water to produce one egg.
- It takes 44 litres (11.6 gallons) of water to process one chicken.
- It takes 35 litres (9.3 gallons) of water to process one can of fruit or vegetables.
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Peek inside a groundwater treatment plant
|In Perth we have 4 main sources of drinking water – surface water, groundwater, seawater and groundwater replenishment.
Perth's vast groundwater system provides about 40% of its drinking water. This is made up of rain which has trickled down through rocks and soils and into our aquifers. Our bores extract water that can go down up to 800 meters.
Watch this short video to see how groundwater treatment plants works - join Oscar as he discovers the journey this water takes.
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