Our water future is in our hands as Water Week kicks off

WATER WISE: Being more mindful about turnng off taps and fixes leaks can significantly reduce water consumption. Photo: Shutterstock.
WATER WISE: Being more mindful about turnng off taps and fixes leaks can significantly reduce water consumption. Photo: Shutterstock.

GET ready for National Water Week which is set to make a splash across the country this month as the water sector works together to raise awareness and understanding of water challenges across the globe.

Held between October 19-25 the week is organised by the Australian Water Association (AWA) and aims to inspire individuals, communities and organisations to build awareness around the value of water.

Celebrating the theme for 2020, 'Reimagining Our Water Future', the association is hoping to start a conversation about how to identify the ways we use and reuse water.

Acting CEO of the AWA, Kirsty Blades, said it was down to all Australians to protect the water environments and resources, and to use water wisely.

"While it may not always be top of mind, particularly when we see rain, rising dam levels and easing water restrictions, we must always be conscious of how we are using water on a day to day basis.

"Do we want our water future to be stressed, or do we want to take action every day to ensure that our water future is a brighter one, where clean water and sanitation is available to all Australians and we are actively securing a resilient water future?"

The AWA encourages water industry organisations, schools and communities to create, take part in and promote National Water Week events, activities and educational resources with a number of competitions now taking submissions.

"The great thing about youth is that they do tend to be environmentally conscious and planet proud and can have some of the most fantastic and out of the box ideas when it comes to solving water issues or thinking about the part they can play," Kirsty said.

"Over the years we have seen some impressive entries from stop motion videos to animation."

Community members are also urged to get involved in online events and activities including the free Online Learning Festival and Water Night which challenges everyone to use just one bucket of water - no taps, no showers, no running water - between 5pm to 5am on the evening of October 22.

For more information about National Water Week, visit: awa.asn.au/nww20

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