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School Programs

Water Refill Station for Educational Facilities

We welcome applications from schools for a co-contribution to the value of $1,500, for the purchase of an outdoor Water Refill Station to be located at your premises.

Applications for the program may be submitted at any time during the year. However, applications must be received by our Mildura office no later than 30th May 2018 to be considered for the 2018/19 financial year. Applications will be assessed against the program criteria in June 2018.

Click here to fill in your application form.

The units consist of a ‘bubbler’ tap and a water bottle refill point, as shown in the image above.

For more information please contact the Communications Team on (03) 5051 3400 or admin.sponsorship@lmw.vic.gov.au

 

Prep Student Program

In 2015 we launched a program targeting our Prep students and encouraging them to keep hydrated, through offering all Preps starting school in 2016 a 450ml refillable water bottle in a lunch cooler bag.

This free program also encourages our new Prep students to ‘stay cool’ and refill their drink bottle with tap water. We have joined the ‘Choose Tap’ coalition, which focuses on re-hydrating with tap water instead of non-recyclable plastic bottles.

Since the beginning of this program, we have distributed almost 3,220 cooler bags and bottle sets to schools in our service region, and we will be offering it again for prep students commencing in 2019.

Prep students at Ranfurly Primary School have received their cooler bags and drinks bottles.

Schools Water Efficiency Program

The Schools Water Efficiency Program (SWEP) is a Victorian Government initiative funded by the Department of Environment and Primary Industries and Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

The first stage of SWEP ran from 2006 to 2011 and assisted more than 1,700 schools across Victoria to save water by implementing low cost, water efficient plumbing solutions in schools.

The current stage of SWEP is voluntary and will provide data loggers for schools to help continue the education and demonstration of water efficiency in practice. SWEP will assist schools over a three-year period.

For more information on the program and registration please download the brochure or visit the SWEP website.

Tours

Site Tours

Lower Murray Water has one site that students and community groups can visit, the Water Treatment Plant, Mildura.  To request a tour of our plant complete the form and send to:
Education Officer
Lower Murray Water
PO Box 1438, Mildura Vic 3502
email: comms@lmw.vic.gov.au

Tours are generally conducted from Monday to Wednesday between 9.00am and 3.00pm, with a maximum of 30 per group from March to October.

Tours during the warmer months from November to February can be requested between 9.00am and 11.00am Monday to Wednesday, again with a maximum of 30 per group.

Children under the age of 16 years require a carer/responsible adult ratio of 1:10 (1 adult per 10 children).

Requests for a tour must be received at least two weeks prior to the proposed tour date, Lower Murray Water will endeavour to conduct the tour on a mutually agreeable day and time; however it should be noted, as specialised staff are required to conduct the tours it may not be possible to schedule a tour at your optimum time.

Events

National Water Week 2018

The 2018 National Water Week will be held on the 21-27 October 2018.

The 2018 theme is ‘Water for me, water for all’.

This theme encourages young people and the wider community to think about how we use water and how we can protect it so we have it in the future. It also gives us a huge opportunity to start conversations and encourage people to learn more about the value of water.

We sometimes take it for granted that clean water simply pours out of our taps and showers but not everyone in the world has this luxury. The UN’s Sustainable Development Goal #6 challenges us to work towards a world where everyone will have safe water to drink.

Water has linkages across several of the Sustainable Development Goals including Goal #3 good health and well-being, Goal #5 gender equality, Goal #7 affordable and clean energy, Goal #11 sustainable cities and communities, Goal #14 life below water, and Goal #15 life on land. These are all topics of conversation that you can bring up in the classroom, at the dinner table and in your lunchroom. If there’s water for you and me, then there should be water for all.

Primary School teachers interested in being kept up to date with educational activity developments are invited to contact Alison on 5051 3400 or via email at alison.gercovich@lmw.vic.gov.au to register their email address.

2018 Poster Competition now open

The National Water Week Poster Competition is on again! Primary School students are asked to create a poster reflecting water related issues which are important and relevant to them and their local area.
Poster entries are invited in four categories:
1. Prep / Foundation
2. Years 1 & 2
3. Years 3 & 4
4. Years 5 & 6
Great prizes can be won by the student and the school at both local AND state level judging.
Teachers – this is a great activity for the classroom in the lead up to National Water Week. Last year ‘000s of poster entries were received from Victorian Primary Schools.
• At state level cash prizes are available to the school that the first-place and second-place posters from each of the categories ($300 for 1st and $150 for 2nd).
Kids – entries will be judged locally with winners in each category submitted for state judging.
• At state level cash prizes are available to the students that produce the first-place and second-place posters in each of the categories ($500 for 1st and $250 for 2nd).
Winners will be chosen using the following criteria:
• How well the poster conveys water related issues relevant to your area ie; inland school posters would not be focussed on ocean activities.
• How well it can be reproduced to promote National Water Week.
• Appearance: attractively displayed in colour.
• How good it looks from a distance
• Effective use of art materials.
• Originality of design or innovative concept.
• One entry per student.
• One student per poster.

Entry criteria
• Poster MUST be A3 (30x40cm) in size
• Any medium, including paper, can be used.
• Any art material can be used including paint, textas, coloured pencils or collage materials.
• An official entry form must be securely attached to the back of each poster.
• Entries must reach Lower Murray Water’s Mildura Office by 5.00pm Friday 31 August 2018.

Late entries cannot be judged

Entry Form Download
2018 Information & Entry Criteria Download

Please contact Alison at Lower Murray Water 5051 3400 or via email at alison.gercovich@lmw.vic.gov.au  for additional information.

2017 Poster Competition – was a huge success

The annual National Water Week poster competition was again keenly contested in our service area. Primary School students are asked to create a poster reflecting water related issues which are important and relevant to them and their local area.

In 2017 we received a total of 453 posters. The quality of entries in 2017 was outstanding and some fabulous entries were received. It was evident a great deal of thought went into the theme the student would use and many of the entries showed fabulous art skills; this was particularly evident in the higher primary age groups.

Entries are judged on:

  • how well the poster conveys water related issues relevant to your area ie: inland school posters would not be focussed on ocean activities
  • how well it can be reproduced to promote National Water Week
    appearance: attractively displayed in colour
  • how good it looks from a distance
    effective use of art materials, and
  • originality of design or innovative concept

The poster was to be A3 in size and any art material can be used including paint, textas, coloured pencils or collage materials. One poster per student can be entered with the official entry form completed.

Sunray Warriors – An Environmental Adventure!

The previously held “National Water Week on Show” for primary school children has been re-launched as a stand-alone event, featuring fantastic and fun hands-on activities.

The students will enjoy interactive sessions and then each takes home a “Show Bag” of fun and educational materials supplied by the agencies involved.

Each student group will be given the name of an endangered Australian animal, bird or reptile in an effort to highlight these species. At the conclusion of the event, teachers will be asked to give feedback and will then be provided with post-event classroom activities.

To register your school – click here
or contact Alison Gercovich – alison.gercovich@lmw.vic.gov.au | 5051 0756

Cultural Art Competition

Students from Prep – Tertiary were asked to create a piece of artwork that reflects their culture in relation to water.

We received some stunning submissions