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Alice springs schools get a 'A' plus for water savings - 23 October 2012

Nine Alice Springs schools have saved 11 million litres of water through plumbing and irrigation upgrades, and will be rewarded at a special National Water Week event today.

Equivalent to saving the water in four Alice Springs’ Aquatic Centres, the savings have been achieved with help from the Department of Land Resource Management’s Waterwise Schools Program and Alice Water Smart. This project is supported by the Australian Government's Water for the Future initiative.

34 toilets, 70 pop up sprinklers, 30 water taps and 3000 metres of irrigation piping have been either replaced or upgraded to help achieve the savings. Water leaks were also identified, resulting in 60 leaks being fixed across the nine schools.

Shirley Young, Business Manager at Larapinta Primary School said, “the Waterwise Schools Program has allowed us to improve water efficiency and save water.”

“Our school is environmentally aware and currently promotes the Sun Smart program and recycling education programs. We would like to increase this awareness with classroom projects to include water conservation and planting of native gardens in our school grounds.”

Today’s celebration will also see the launch of new Water Education Kits, to help Year 2 and Year 7 students conduct a simple and fun water audit at home, including identifying and fixing leaks.

Les Seddon, Project Manager for Alice Water Smart said it is important to start educating students early so they can develop water smart behaviours and knowledge.

“School aged children are already very aware of the issues around water sustainability and often share what they learn with their families when they go home.”

“It is also helpful for them to understand water issues in their own backyard of Alice Springs, such as where our water comes from, how it is pumped out of the ground and why we must make efforts to help it last longer.”

The Alice Springs schools that have participated in the project include:

  • Araluen Christian School
  • Living Waters Lutheran School
  • Yipirinya School
  • Amoonguna School
  • Centralian Middle School
  • Steiner School
  • Gillen Primary School
  • Larapinta Primary School
  • Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic College

The Waterwise Schools program, operating since 2006, also conducts water education classes in Alice Springs schools. To get your school involved call (08) 8951 9209.

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For further information contact Laurelle Halford from Creative Territory on 0417 222 211 or