Western Water is not the place you would usually expect to find a children’s book.
But a unique project being launched next week by the water authority is using a children’s board book to help young families manage their water bills.
“We realise that families with young babies or toddlers are often doing it tough, living on one wage and coping with new expenses,” Western Water’s Managing Director, John Wilkinson, says.
“We have developed the Water Babies book to educate parents about the programs and resources that are available to them, while at the same time being fun for children.”
The colourful book is filled with pictures of little people having fun with water – washing the dog, taking a bath or brushing teeth – along with rhymes to match.
It also contains advice for parents on saving water, budgeting for bills and where to go for financial assistance if needed.
The Shire of Melton is supporting the Water Babies program by distributing the book through its Maternal and Child Health Centres, playgroups and Melton Community Health Centre.
“We have decided to roll out the book in Melton, as this area has been identified as a ‘hot spot’ for financial risk within our service area,” Mr Wilkinson says.
“Melton is also home to a large proportion of young families, with more than 2000 babies expected to be born in the shire in the next year.”
Melton Shire Council Mayor, Cr Justin Mammarella, JP says the book will be a useful resource for young families in the region.
“In our fast growing community, where many people come and start their family, our Maternal and Child Health and Early Years services are so important.
“It’s great that a children’s book such as this has been produced and Council is proud to partner with Western Water by distributing this valuable resource to the community.
“The book not only provides helpful tips on saving water and budgeting for bills but there are also enormous benefits to be gained by reading to babies and children,” Cr Mammarella says.