Learning important water saving lessons

Kids are learning to become ''water watchers'' as part of a Yarra Valley Water education program.

By Melissa Grant

Kids in the City of Monash are becoming ‘water watchers’ as part of an educational program making a splash in schools across Melbourne’s eastern and northern suburbs.

Students are learning about water waste in the classroom and applying what they’ve learnt at home with the help of free interactive water saving devices and solutions.

The lesson that every drop counts is an important one.

In the last five years alone, our water usage has risen about 10 per cent.

Melburnians are now using an average of 161 litres of water per person per day – that’s enough water to fill 4764 large cups of tea in just one week.

It’s hoped the educational program, run by Yarra Valley Water, will help drive down those figures.

The program is called The Water Watchers and it involves visits to primary schools from water crusaders named Welly, Washy, Wavy and Wade. The four water crusaders have begun visiting schools across Melbourne’s east, and recently went to Glen Waverley South Primary School and Burwood East Primary School.

Students are taught about where water comes from, how people consume it and why we all have a role to play in saving it.

Many leave the fun education sessions with the desire to change their water consumption behaviours at home and in the wider community.

As part of the program, kids have access to a 3D mini-series and digital platform that takes the effort out of saving water at home by encouraging fun and entertaining ‘missions’ for kids, driven by a fictional squad of intergalactic water crusaders.

Parents are also able to sign up to receive a biodegradable, 100 per cent natural rubber ‘ring’ tap attachment modelled after Welly, Washy, Wavy or Wade, who remind residents to use less water.

Mount Waverley mum Kelly-Maree Henden is currently using the Water Watchers devices in her home.

“The free Water Watcher devices Yarra Valley Water sent out to us have allowed me to teach my family about how precious our water supply is. We’ve got them sitting on different taps around the house and my son loves watching the YouTube animations and missions from Yarra Valley Water.”

Yarra Valley Water Managing Director, Pat McCafferty said The Water Watchers program was all about making water saving a fun and positive experience for families.

“The Water Watchers provide customers with an easy, environmentally friendly tool that can kickstart water-saving habits that will last a lifetime” Mr. McCafferty said.

To view The Water Watchers videos or to sign up for a device, visit www.yvw.com.au/Water-Watchers