Let’s celebrate all things water
The Tamworth region has been enjoying the rain that 2021 has brought and what better way to continue to celebrate all things water, than with a whole week dedicated to it?
National Water Week kicks off on Monday 18 October and this year brings us the theme Caring for water and Country, celebrating the vital and cultural role water plays in our daily lives.
Tamworth Regional Council’s Water Sustainability Officer, Louise Cadell, says throughout the week members of the Gomeroi Community will share their personal connections with water and Country.
“Water has become increasingly important to all of our residents over the years, but for our First Nations people it’s been a way of life for more than 65,000 years,” she says.
“This week is a great way for everyone to continue to educate themselves around water sustainability, and deepen their understanding of the role the Indigenous community continue to play in protecting and sustaining water and Country.”
Additionally, residents are being encouraged to take on the Water Night Challenge which will help improve water mindfulness.
Council is once again sponsoring the Smart Approved WaterMark (SAWM) event, Water Night, which is being held on Thursday 21 October between 12pm and 12am.
New research commissioned by SAWM and conducted by YouGov found the average New South Wales resident has a tap running for 1 hour 44 minutes per day – 52 more minutes than the Australian per person average.
“Water Night is all about challenging residents to become more conscious of how often they turn on the tap in a day,” Ms. Cadell says.
“The average Australian thinks they turn the tap on nine times a day, but in reality, the figure is much higher as those who sign up to Water Night will quickly find out.”
Households who register for the event could be in with the chance of taking home a raft of water efficient prizes.
Event information and resources, including Water Night Challenge hacks and activities for children, like Tap Guardians and Brake Bracelets, can be found at haveyoursay.tamworth.nsw.gov.au/national-water-week