Facts and Figures

Unlike what most people think, water is not an infinite resource, infact:

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Of the water on earth is saltwater which means 2% is usable freshwater!
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Is the amount of freshwater per person that Australian use every-year!

It important that we conserve the water we have as Australia can go through drought periods. This means there is less rain, soils dry out quicker and dams get low or run dry. Conserving water does not only mean using less water, it mean ensuring our water sources are not polluted, using our toilets wisely and improving water management. There are plenty of ways to conserve water and these challenges will help your school community think twice about the water that we have access too!

Water Challenges

This challenge is for schools in Brisbane City, Ipswich and Scenic Rim councils!

The Urban Utilities WE LOVE WATER Challenge is a wonderful opportunity to get the whole school involved from prep to year 6. 

There are 3 places available for this challenge – schools will be chosen at Ambassador Training Day in May. 

Step 1

Confirm you are in Urban Utilities region: Brisbane, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim or Somerset council regions – please email Dini to check availability. 

Step 2

Watch this video below. It explains everything! Once you have made contact with Urban Utilities, this video can be sent to you on a USB so that the challenge can be advertised to the school at assembly!

Step 3

Urban Utilities get in touch with you and ask your postal address to send a starter kit.

Starter kit includes:

  • script for ambassadors to read at assembly 

  • video for ambassadors to play at assembly 

  • bag design entry forms for ambassadors to hand out to each class

Step 4

All drawing designs get sent back to Urban Utilities to pick a winner and a runner up.

Step 5

Urban Utilities staff come to assembly to announce winner and runner up.

Step 6

The winning design gets printed on an environmentally friendly bag, and everyone in the school gets one.

Step 1

This challenge involves holding a competition in your school community! Invite students to come up with a slogan about saving water. The winner from your school with the best slogan will be awarded a special EcoMarines reusable water bottle! The winner will also go in the draw along with entries from other schools to win a DAY TRIP CRUISE VOUCHER TO TANGALOOMA ISLAND RESORT (for 1 adult and 1 child).

First, organise an EcoMarines meeting to plan this challenge. You will need discuss the following: 

  • How will you advertise the competition e.g. posters, assembly presentation, article in newsletter?

  • Where will students hand in their slogan entries e.g. to their teachers or to an EcoMarines ambassador? 

  • How long will you run the competition for? We suggest 1-2 weeks.

Step 2

Present on assembly to promote the Water Saver Slogan competition. Use this presentation to educate your school community about conserving water. You can share the important facts above, but make sure to educate others on easy ways to conserve water such as: 

  • Turn the tap off while brushing your teeth

  • Fix leaking taps

  • Use the half flush setting on the toilet

  • Only have 4-minute showers

  • Do not play with water fountains at schools

Step 3

Hand out and collect the entry forms.

It may be a good idea for students to sign-up to the challenge with their classroom teachers and then print the correct amount of entry forms to save paper. 

Here is a template for an entry form:

Step 4

Now you’ve got the tough job of choosing a winner! Good luck.

Step 5

Please send the winning entry (plus a few runners up) to us by the 8th of October, and then we will send you an EcoMarines reusable water bottle for the winner.

Good luck – we can’t wait to see what you achieve! 

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