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Launch of That’s My Water! School Curriculum Unit

Today, Living Water Smart, a Power and Water initiative launches the That’s My Water!  school curriculum unit, tailored to Year 5 and 6 Darwin students about sustainable water use in their region. This year’s unit comes off the back of last year’s highly successful pilot of the That’s My Water! program involving 200 students

Launching at a teacher’s Professional Development Day, the unit of work is supported by the Northern Territory’s Department of Education and will be rolled out across four local primary schools – Anula, Karama, Giraween and Manunda.

Living Water Smart aims to deliver the curriculum unit to other schools in the future and is part of a broader education program to generate community awareness and reduce household water consumption in the Darwin region.

Living Water Smart’s Senior Manager of Client Services Jacqui O’Neill says that the Darwin region currently use more water than can be supplied in the long term.

“That’s My Water! provides a fun and engaging program for school students by bringing together a local, real-world issue with water industry professionals, and practical tasks such as school leak checks and excursions to the Darwin River Dam.  

“With the help of the Northern Territory Department of Education, That’s My Water!  received an overwhelming positive response from students, teachers and principals after the pilot program in 2016. The Living Water Smart team looks forward to continuing the program in schools and focusing on developing awareness about water sustainability. I hope the program filters out to the broader Darwin community to maintain conscious water use.”

That’s My Water! integrates structured science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) topics into the school curriculum aiming to positively impact on:

leaks - finding and fixing leaks in the school and household
irrigation - reducing the amount of water use in the garden
showers – reducing and regulating shower time

Helen Chatto Girraween Primary School Principal says That’s My Water! encourages students to take ownership of a genuine local issue..

“I am thrilled to see first-hand how the program is capturing genuine interest with our students. Power and Water’s investment into development through STEM harnesses students with the knowledge about what simple habits can be altered to reduce water consumption.”

Further Enquiries:
Joel Spry
Living Water Smart
08 8995 5861