The Schools Water Efficiency Program (SWEP) provides data loggers to all Victorian schools to continue the education and demonstration of water efficiency in practice.
26 November - 1 December: Leak Week - the latest SWEP initiative being promoted to schools across Victoria – wrapped up last week.
SWEP has been encouraging schools in the program to look for water leaks since the start of the year and Leak Week was a time for them to celebrate their wins by spotting and fixing leaks to save water and money. The end of the school year is the perfect time to check for leaks and faulty appliances that are wasting water before the summer holiday break.
Find out more about Leak Week:
South East Water presents Tyabb Primary School with a SWEP subscription. Photo courtesy South East Water.
More information about 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 on a continuous basis. Data is uploaded to an interactive website every morning, allowing students to track water use and spot leaks that need fixing.
Across Victoria, SWEP has helped schools save 4.4 billion litres of water and $12.5 million since 2012.
Finding water leaks is something we can all do to help save are precious water resources. If you notice a leak at work or school, report it to the facility managers so it can be fixed. A leaking toilet can waste up to 600 litres per hour.
St Mary's in Ascot Vale was the 100th City West Water to join the program. Principal Paul Hogan and the enviro team receive a certificate from City West Water's Chiara Pacquola. Photo courtesy City West Water.
Yarra Valley Water event in Broadmeadows. Photo courtesty Yarra Valley Water.
Preview image: a student at Diggers Rest Primary School checks the school's SWEP dashboard. Photo courtesy Western Water.
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Schools celebrate Leak Week across Victoria
The Schools Water Efficiency Program (SWEP) has just wrapped up the inaugural Leak Week in schools across the state.