Did you know Australia is the world’s driest inhabited continent, yet we are one of the highest users of water per person? We live in an uncertain climate – it’s important to use water wisely so we have a secure source of drinking water for many years to come.
Tips for saving and reusing water at school
Collect excess water and use it wisely
Place ice cream containers under school water fountains and use excess water in the garden.
If not using the tap, turn it off
Turn the tap off as soon as you've washed your hands. Put signs near the basins to remind students to do the same.
Get someone to fix any leaking taps, water fountains or toilets as soon as they are reported. Make it a classroom activity to check for leaks regularly.
Use a container to wash your brushes
Wash paint brushes in a bucket or ice cream container, rather than under a running tap.
Use a refillable water bottle
Bring a water bottle to school. At the end of the day, any leftover water can be poured onto the garden.
Talk to others about water
Raise awareness of the importance of water by creating colourful posters on water use and water saving. You can even start your own water saving team.
Install aerators on taps
Talk to your maintenance coordinator about installing or fitting the taps in your school with aerators. Aerators reduce the amount of water flowing from the tap by up to 50%, while maintaining the pressure.
Install rainwater tanks
Talk to your principal, maintenance coordinator and school council about installing rainwater tanks. Once installed, you can connect the tanks to your toilets or use the water for your school gardens or vegie patch.