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SWEP saving schools water and money

1 May 2017

Schools in the region have saved $345,000 and 176 million litres of water, thanks to a program sponsored by Western Water.

The State Government’s Schools Water Efficiency Program (SWEP) has been rolled out to schools across the region over the past four years.

“Schools are normally charged $300 for the three-year program, but we have been sponsoring schools in our region by covering the charges,” Western Water’s General Manager, Customer and Community Relations, Graham Holt, says.

“We now have 61 per cent of the schools in our region taking part in the SWEP program – among the highest participation rate of any Victorian water corporation.”

Under the program schools have a free data logger attached to their water meter. The data logger sends information to the SWEP website, allowing staff and students to monitor water use and quickly detect and fix any leaks.

The program also provides schools with curriculum resources to help educate students about efficient water use practices.

SWEP was awarded a United Nations Association of Australia World Environment Day award in 2014 for excellence in sustainable water management.

“This program is a great way to educate our future water-savers and help schools save water and money,” Mr Holt says.

“We are encouraging any schools in the region who aren’t already involved to contact us at”


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