National Water Week – ‘Our Water Stories’

 This week marks the start of National Water Week (17-23 October 2022), the Australian Water Association’s (AWA’s) annual event dedicated to building awareness of the value of water in Australia, from the beaches to the bush, from the major cities to the remotest communities. 

 This week marks the start of National Water Week (17-23 October 2022), the Australian Water Association’s (AWA’s) annual event dedicated to building awareness of the value of water in Australia, from the beaches to the bush, from the major cities to the remotest communities. 

This year’s theme is ‘Our Water Stories’. For the first time, the AWA partnered with the Federal Government to help elevate National Water Week’s profile. 

“’ Our Water Stories’ invites everyone to think more deeply about our relationship with water. Water comprises three-quarters of our planet and two-thirds of our bodies. It is essential in our lives and cannot be overstated,” said AWA CEO Corinne Cheeseman. 

“The AWA is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2022. ‘Our Water Stories’ encourages reflection and sharing of these experiences and relationships,” added Cheeseman. 

AWA welcomes the support of the Australian Federal Government, which has come on board as a partner this year. 

Matthew Dadswell, Head of Division – Water from the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water, welcomed the partnership. He said National Water Week was a significant 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 government with industries and communities across the board to improve water literacy,“ said Dadswell. 

National Water Week is held in the third week of October every year. AWA hosts National Water Week to promote the value of water across Australia. It seeks to inspire individuals, education providers, communities, and other organisations to work together to raise community awareness and understanding of water-related issues. 

How to get involved in National Water Week:

1. Hosting or supporting an event: Individuals, schools, and organisations can go to the official website at www.nationalwaterweek.org to find details. Organisations and individuals are encouraged to hold events around this year’s theme, “Our Water Stories”, during and around the week in 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. 

2. Invite an Ambassador to your school: The National Water Week Ambassador scheme is important 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. They will also 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. 

3. Share 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, community, and work. Tell your water story with the hashtags #National Water Week and #OurWaterStories to win a gift card worth $200. 

“Australia is the driest inhabited continent in the world,” said Dadswell. “Water plays a critical role in protecting our environment, supporting food production and industry as well as a source for health and wellbeing of Australians. 

“This is why we mustn’t take water for granted. We must do our best to ensure we can take care of this precious natural resource.” 

For more details: www.nationalwaterweek.org 

Social media hashtags: #National Water Week and #OurWaterStories 

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