Youth could be answer to Katherine water crisis

PLEDGE TO REDUCE: Year six students at Casuarina Street Primary School pledged to reduce water in their own ways at home.
PLEDGE TO REDUCE: Year six students at Casuarina Street Primary School pledged to reduce water in their own ways at home.

Power and Water is targeting the youngsters to get the message out about Katherine’s water crisis. 

This week the Living Water Smart program visited four primary schools to improve the next generation’s understanding of the importance of water.

“Water can often be taken for granted, turn on a tap and there it is, but through the program we are trying to highlight the larger water story and hopefully inspire and educate the children on how to be water conscious,” a Power and Water spokeswoman said. 

On Monday, the Power and Water team visited Casuarina Street Primary School.

With science teacher Anthony Bartlett, the students went on an excursion to Power and Water’s treatment plant to explore the water process from cloud to cup. 

“The school water efficiency program involves the students from four primary schools: Casuarina Street, MacFarlane Primary School, St Joeys and Clyde Fenton, [and teaches them] about the importance of water from past, present and future contexts,” the spokeswoman said. 

“The past context was provided by the Nitmiluk Gorge tour guides who explained how important water is to Aboriginal people and how it has shaped life for tens of thousands of years.

“The present context involved a tour of the Power and Water water treatment facilities at Morris Road where they saw and heard from the experts when it comes to providing Katherine with safe drinking water.

“The future aspect of the day is where the kids learn how to save water in their own lives and make a pledge to be more water conscious,” she said. 

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