Water programs focus on water conservation, quality, monitoring and aquatic ecosystems.
Duration of activities: ~ 50 minutes
Available for: Year 7 to 10
You can mix and match activities from two different programs.
- Visit the CERES Ecohouse to learn about the importance of reducing water use at home
- Participate in small group activities focusing on modern strategies and technologies to reduce water use in the home
- Learn where and how water savings can be achieved in your own home and at school
- Evaluate whether these strategies can be used at student’s home or school
- Walk along the Merri Creek and see how it has changed over time with different uses
- Use survey techniques to assess the current health and problems for the Merri Creek
- Learn about the “Index of River Conditions”, a national system of determining the health of any given waterway
- Identify current impacts affecting the health of the creek ecosystem and discover possible solutions such as litter and weed management techniques
- Discover how CERES sustainably manages water use as a business
- In a group, investigate our operational water harvesting, recycling and reusing water systems
- Evaluate the viability of using these techniques for other businesses or schools. Determine possible solutions for the issues of sustainable water management at school and in your own home
- Learn how Australian people use water compared with people from other countries
- Become citizens of other countries and make decisions on your water consumption priorities and how to manage with small water “budgets”
- Explore different attitudes to water use
- Learn about issues associated with small water allowances such as health and hygiene
- Explore the deeper issues of water restrictions in urban and rural communities
- Consider the available options to managing our own drought-stricken communities. What are some issues behind relying on desalination plants as a water source?
- Be involved in role-play activities to understand community concerns over changes to water restrictions and water management