Wingecarribee Shire Council is proud to support National Water Week (17 – 23 October) this week and help raise awareness about the value of water.
The annual event is hosted by Australia’s biggest water network, the Australian Water Association (AWA), which has this year partnered with the Federal Government to elevate the profile of National Water Week.
This year’s theme is ‘Our Water Stories’ which encourages everyone to think more deeply about our relationship with water.
Council is the local water authority in the Southern Highlands and provides clean and safe drinking water to approximately 20,000 homes, schools, businesses and industries.
“Access to drinking water is hugely important and it’s up to all of us to protect our water environments and use water wisely,” said Council’s Manager Water Services, Mr Graeme Mellor.
“As well as a social media campaign showcasing Council’s water stories, we’ve organised a range of activities that promote the importance of water.”
“If you’ve ever wondered where your water comes from, join us for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Wingecarribee Water Treatment Plant on Thursday 20 or 27 October,” said Mr Mellor.
Residents will learn how our water is collected, stored and purified. For more information and to register, visit wsc.nsw.gov.au/events.
For parents and preschoolers, Wingecarribee Public Libraries Pre-School Storytime will feature fun and educational books and take-home colouring in sheets that highlight the importance of clean drinking water and how we can work together to conserve it. For times and locations, visit library.wsc.nsw.gov.au/kids-and-teens/storytime.
“We’ve also updated our website with water-saving advice and are encouraging residents to participate in Water Night,” added Mr Mellor.
Water Night is a challenge to turn off all taps and not running water between 5 and 10 pm on Thursday 20 October. If you think you have what it takes to take on the challenge, visit waternight.com.au.
To learn more about water-saving ideas, visit wsc.nsw.gov.au/water.