The Australian Water Association’s (AWA) National Water Week has begun, promising to build awareness about the value of water in Australia, and the role utilities play in delivering our most essential resource.
Celebrating this year’s theme ‘Our Water Stories’, the AWA has for the first time partnered with the Federal Government in delivering the annual event.
AWA Chief Executive Officer, Corinne Cheeseman, said it is essential that people reflect on their relationship with water.
“‘Our Water Stories’ invites everyone to think more deeply about our relationship with water. With water comprising three-quarters of our planet and two-thirds of our bodies, its essentiality in our lives cannot be overstated,” Ms Cheeseman said.
“With the AWA celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2022, ‘Our Water Stories’ encourages reflection and sharing of these experiences and relationships.”
Western Australia marked the start of National Water Week by launching Kep Katitjin – Gabi Kaadadjan, the second Waterwise Perth Action Plan for Perth and Peel, which builds on the successful first plan released in 2019.
Kep Katitjin and Gabi Kaadadjan are the Whadjuk and Bindjareb Noongar terms for ‘water knowledge’.
The new, two-year plan further supports the Western Australian Government’s commitment to tackling the impacts of climate change on our precious water resources, through water saving initiatives and the creation of climate-resilient, liveable urban spaces.
The 41 actions set out in the new plan provide a framework to help to conserve our precious water resources, as well as support biodiversity and urban greening and cooling – building on the success of the first Waterwise Perth Action Plan.
The Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water’s Head of Division – Water, Matthew Dadswell, said National Water Week was an important opportunity to educate the Australian community about sharing and sustaining national water resources for communities, the environment and industries.
“The Australian Government’s new partnership with the Australian Water Association to support National Water Week in 2022 helps us play a pivotal role in connecting governments with industries and communities across the board to improve water literacy,“ Mr Dadswell said.
Held the third week of October annually, AWA hosts National Water Week to promote the value of water across Australia, inspiring individuals, education providers, communities, and other organisations such as local businesses and water utilities to work together to raise community awareness and understanding of water-related issues.
“Australia is the driest inhabited continent in the world. Water plays a critical role in protecting our environment, supporting food production and industry as well as a source for the health and wellbeing of Australians,” Mr Dadswell said.
“This is why it’s important we don’t take water for granted, why we need to do our best to ensure we can take care of this precious natural resource.”
There are a number of ways for Australians and businesses to get involved in National Water Week this year, including:
Hosting or supporting an event: Individuals, schools, and organisations can go to the official website at www.nationalwaterweek.org to find details, including about hosting events. Organisations and individuals are encouraged to hold events around this year’s National Water Week theme “Our Water Stories” during and around the week in the month of October. These events can be hosted and promoted on the official National Water Week website. Community members are also encouraged to explore what events appeal to them and attend those of interest in their local area.
Inviting an Ambassador to your school: The National Water Week Ambassador scheme plays an important role in improving water literacy and raising awareness of careers in water management. As part of National Water Week, schools will be connected with Ambassadors to complement their water studies and increase students’ knowledge of this pivotal area. AWA is encouraging education leaders to source a National Water Week Ambassador to come and speak at their school during the week.
Sharing your own Water Story: Community members are encouraged to share their individual water stories on social media this year with our social media competition. We want to hear what water means to the general public, in their daily life, in their community, and in their work. Tell your water story with the hashtags #National Water Week and #OurWaterStories to win a gift card up to the worth of $200.
For more details, visit the AWA National Water Week website here.
Feature Image: AWA Chief Executive Officer, Corinne Cheeseman. Photo: Sydney Water.