Victorian School Kids Take The Lead On Water Saving

More than 600 schools from across Victoria have saved 1.2 billion litres of water – or 483 Olympic sized swimming pools – and $3.5 million since 2012.

Joining Victorian schools to celebrate United Nations World Environment Day, Minister for Education, James Merlino, said teachers and students are leading the way on saving water and have set an example for the rest of the state to follow.

The Schools Water Efficiency Program is a prime demonstration on how communities can improve their sustainability.

The program encourages schools to continuously monitor water use by installing data loggers on water meters and rainwater tanks. Water consumption data is then available via the SWEP website allowing staff and students to track their school’s usage and detect leaks.

Mr Merlino said the next phase of the initiative was a pilot program operating in 83 schools to monitor electricity consumption. Another 100 schools will join the electricity monitoring program in coming months.

SWEP took out the Excellence in Sustainable Water Management Award at last year’s United Nations Association of Australia’s World Environment Day Awards and was named in the Sustainia100 sustainability guide as one of the top 100 sustainability solutions from around the world.

SWEP is a Victorian Government initiative funded by the Department of Education and Training and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. All Victorian schools are eligible to participate in the program.

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Quotes attributable to Minister for Education, James Merlino

“Victorian school kids and teachers should be congratulated for leading the way in saving our precious water and setting an example for the rest of us to follow.”

“The Schools Water Efficiency Program is achieving outstanding results in water saving and also provides a great opportunity for students to learn more about the environment.”

“I encourage all Victorian schools that have not already joined the program to get on board and help demonstrate how simple measures can make a big difference to the environment.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water, Lisa Neville

“This program is a great opportunity to educate our young people about the importance of saving water and living sustainably.”

“What our children learn about water efficiency at school goes home with them and reminds everyone about the need to save water.”

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