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Leak Week - getting schools ready for summer

27 November 2017

Western Water is stepping up the fight against water wastage with Leak Week – a week dedicated to spotting and fixing leaks to save water at our schools.

Schools in the Western Water region have saved more than 256 million litres of water since 2012, thanks to the Schools Water Efficiency Program (SWEP).

Leak Week is the latest SWEP initiative, being marked at schools across Victoria from 26 November to 1 December. 

“Now is a perfect time to check for leaks and faulty appliances that are wasting water, before schools break for the summer holidays,” Western Water’s acting Managing Director, Graham Holt, says.

“SWEP is a Victorian Government program supported by Western Water that gives schools the tools to track their water use and identify any issues,” Mr Holt says.

“We now have 45 schools in the region taking part. We estimate those schools have saved more than $500,000 in the past five years on their water bills as a direct result of being involved in the SWEP.”

Schools in the program have a data logger installed on their water meter, showing them exactly when and how much water is being used. Data is uploaded to an interactive website, allowing students to track water use and spot leaks that need fixing.

Across Victoria the program has saved 4.4 billion litres of water and $12.5 million since 2006.

During Leak Week, from 25 November to 1 December, schools will be given extra information, advice and tools to help them use water efficiently and make sure everything is shipshape before the summer holidays.

“What our children learn about water efficiency at school goes home with them and reminds everyone about the need to save water,” Minister for Water Lisa Neville says.

Find out more about Leak Week here, or find out how to sign up for the SWEP here.



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