More than 1,000 Victorian schools have helped to save 5.7 billion litres of water across the state – enough to sustain Geelong’s water needs for about three months – and $17.3 million since 2012.
Minister for Water Lisa Neville has congratulated Queenscliff Primary School for its registration in becoming the 1,100th school registered for the Schools Water Efficiency Program (SWEP), a program which has helped teachers and students lead the way in water savings.
The program is a key component of the Labor Government’s Water for Victoria plan for improving water efficiency and the management of our water resources.
The program provides Victorian schools with an internationally recognised program to help them monitor water and electricity consumption and teaches students how to identify and repair leaks and faulty appliances and reduce water waste.
Schools in the program have a data logger installed on their water meter that shows them exactly how much water is being used.
This data is uploaded to an interactive website every morning allowing students, teachers and facility managers to track water use and identify leaks that need fixing.
The dedicated website is complemented with curriculum materials and an alert service which contacts schools when there is a leak or unusual water consumption.
More than 550,000 staff and students across the state have access to their schools’ water usage data thanks to the program.
Solar monitoring has also recently been added to the platform, allowing some schools the opportunity to monitor electricity usage.
The Labor Government has also reinstated the Target 155 program, which encourages Victorian households to use 155 litres of water per person per day.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Water Lisa Neville
“This outstanding program is saving water and provides a great opportunity for students to learn more about the role they can play in conserving water.”
“I congratulate local kids and teachers for leading the way in saving our precious water resources and setting an example for the rest of us to follow.”
“This program is a great opportunity to educate our young people about the importance of saving water and the value of water to communities.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020