Coliban Water rewarding schools for being water wise

By Alex Gretgrix

COLIBAN Water has launched a new initiative in hopes of making schools in the region smarter with their water use.

Share. Inspire. Save. is a competition that aims to showcase and reward schools for being water efficient by inviting them to share their own initiatives with their community.

Strategy and governance executive general manager Roslyn Wai said the idea behind the competition is to inspire schools to adopt water saving initiatives.

"Through this competition we are asking schools to share these great ideas by posting a video or photos on our Share. Inspire. Save. Facebook page explaining how their school is saving water," she said.

"We will share their initiatives with other schools and hopefully inspire them to adopt the same water saving ideas, which will not only save water but also save schools money. 

"At the end of each term we will choose the best water saving idea and that school will win three years’ membership to the Schools Water Efficiency Program (SWEP)."

SWEP is a Victorian government program that enables schools to access their own water usage information through a fun educational online platform. 

The program has helped schools save more than six billion litres of water, which would have cost more than $18.3 million in water charges.

"Since it launched, SWEP has helped save more than 281 million litres of water and around $654,400 in charges in the Coliban Water region," Ms Wai said.

“We would love to see more schools sign up to the program and we hope this competition will inspire more schools to join. 

“When schools act to reduce water usage they not only save water and money, but also model positive water saving behaviours to their wider school community."

Schools can submit as many entries as they like for more chances to win and we all schools in the region are encouraged to take part.

For more information visit the Share. Inspire. Save. Facebook page or the SWEP website