Having a good understanding of how your school uses water is the first step in reducing water use. You will find the tools you need to audit your water use and get students involved in water conservation.
Here are 4 key steps to help your school save water:
1. Conduct a simple water audit
Conducting a water audit at your school can reduce water wastage by helping you identify areas where water is being used and working out ways to minimise this wastage.
First watch this video on how to complete a simple water audit in your school.
Read a transcript of this video (new window)
We have developed a guide to accompany the video with simple worksheets for students to complete and write a report for the principal.
Download school water audit teacher guide
Reading your water meter/s regularly helps to identify any changes in your water use over time and can act as a trigger for maintenance. Use our weekly water use spreadsheet to record your school's water use by reading your water meter on a regular basis. Enter the data collected from the meter reading into the spreadsheet, which will automatically graph your water use, providing a visual guide that will help you compare weekly water use.
Weekly water use spreadsheet
2. Create a 'green team'
Create a sustainability group or committee of students, teachers, parents and community members if you can. Sharing the load is easier and more fun! Make sure water is included as a key priority in your school development plan each year. Report achievements to the P&C and school assemblies to really bring everyone along on the journey.
3. Staff training
We run free school gardener training sessions and offer water audit training sessions during the year. Some of these are in person and some of them are available online. Why not up skill your staff?
Waterwise training courses
4. Waterwise Schools Program
Becoming part of our award winning Waterwise Schools Program is one of the most fun things your school can do and it costs you nothing. The program focuses on teaching about water, spreading the waterwise message into your community and celebrating National Water Week. For tips on how to join the program or stay active in the program see Waterwise Schools Program.
Schools located in the City can apply for an Environmental Grant to assist them in developing and implementing initiatives which may include raising awareness in things such as the local environment, waste reduction, pollution reduction, water conservation and many more issues we face today.
Schools are eligible for grants of up to $2,000 for environmental projects that target current environmental issues.
Visit the City of Vincent website
Individual cash grants of up to $5,000 are available to organisations wanting to carry out water-related projects that benefit regional communities, particularly schools and sports associations.
To qualify a project must be water related, such as upgrading or installing watering or irrigation systems, plumbing installations or water capture facilities. The project must be located in a regional area, and the work has to be completed within 12 months of the start date.
While the initiative is open to any community organisation that meets the criteria, Philmac is particularly keen to receive applications from schools and sporting associations.
Visit The Philmac Project website
The Teachers Environment Fund is open for Teachers Mutual Bank members and their schools each year.
Round 1: Opens January and closes April
Round 2: Opens April and closes July
Projects need to demonstrate that they are:
- viable in the long-term
- linked to a broader environmental education strategy
- supported by the school and wider community
- monitored and measured effectively
- a maximum of $2,500.
Visit the Teachers Mutual Bank website
Coles, in partnership with Junior Landcare, gives schools and community groups across Australia the opportunity to obtain a $1,000 grant to establish gardens in their schools.
Schools are encouraged to create varied types of gardens from waterwise to fresh food or even get into vermiculture gardens
WA schools that have previously received the grant include North Parmelia Primary School and Swan Christian College.
Visit the Junior Landcare Garden Grants website
This State Government initiative provides funding to help protect and conserve WA's environment and natural resources. Community Grants and Strategic Priority Project Grants are available through the program.
Community Grants provide funding for community-based projects that target on-ground natural resource management action at a local level. Catchment and community groups, industry groups, not for profit organisations, local government authorities and schools are eligible for these grants.
Strategic Priority Project Grants are for larger scale, strategic projects that address specified State Government priorities. This funding is made available to a broad range of government and non-government organisations.
Visit the State Natural Resource Management Program grants website
National Science Week is 12–20 August 2017 and the theme is Future Earth.
Small grants of up to $500 are available to all Australian schools (preschool through to senior secondary) to help organise and run science activities or events during National Science Week. The grant pool of $90,000 is provided by the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.
Applications open 27 February–24 April 2017.
Find out more visit the National Science Week website