Staying active in the program

Here are the best ideas for keeping the Waterwise Schools Program alive at your school.

Top 10 tips

  1. Follow the new milestone recognition program. Apply in December/January to be awarded status as a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Champion school.
  2. Submit your completed Waterwise Action Plan by the end of term 1 each year. This helps you get BRONZE status.
  3. Remind staff, students and parents that you are a Waterwise School.
  4. Organise events for National Water Week in term 4 each year.
  5. Erect the Proud to be a Waterwise School sign in a prominent location. Email us to order your free sign. This helps you get BRONZE status.
  6. Insert the Proud to be a Waterwise School logo to your website(s), blog, Twitter posts and Facebook page. This helps you get BRONZE status.
  7. Use the Proud to be a Waterwise School logo in your school newsletters. This helps you get BRONZE status.
  8. Place water posters and stickers around the school (we provide these free or have students design their own). This helps you get SILVER status.
  9. Encourage students to be junior water inspectors and report any leaks – order our Junior Water Inspector badges. This helps you get GOLD status.
  10. Place waterwise tips or interesting water facts in your school newsletter. This helps you get SILVER status.
  11. Other ideas that you might have time for

  12. Promote participation in one of our water competitions.
  13. Arrange a professional learning session every 3 years.
  14. Order promotional resources for the teachers to use in their classrooms.
  15. Develop a display of water books in the school library.
  16. Book a water school talk or excursion.
  17. Announce waterwise messages over the school PA system.
  18. Write a newspaper article on water education activities and send to local media.
  19. Have a waterwise student of the month award.
  20. Conduct weekly readings of the school water meter and report consumption at the assembly.
  21. Organise a water audit of the school. This helps you get GOLD status.
  22. Send your gardener to ongoing water efficiency courses. This helps you get GOLD status.

Here are some great waterwise tips for your parent newsletters and community noticeboard:

  • If you read your water meter regularly, you will be able to detect any irregularities, such as leaks. This will save both water and money.
  • Turn the tap off while you brush your teeth. Simply wet your toothbrush before you begin and use a glass of water to rinse your mouth.
  • Always repair leaking taps. Just one tap left dripping at a drop per second wastes up to 50 litres of water a day. That's over 10,000 litres of water a year!
  • Install a modern dual-flush toilet, which uses only 4.5 or 6 litres for a full-flush and 3 litres for a half-flush (single-flush toilets use 11 litres every flush).
  • Install a water efficient shower head, which can save about 14,500 litres of water per household per year.
  • Wait until you have a full load in your dishwasher or washing machine and use the economy mode. This can save you water and energy.
  • Keep your pool covered when not in use. Without a cover, more than half the water in your pool can evaporate over a year.
  • Use a broom, rake, outdoor blower or vacuum. Don't hose paths, patios or driveways.

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