Schools tap into waterwise message

Captain Cleanup with Grace Palmatler-McLaughlin and Ava Hart at Hillarys PS. Main picture: Martin Kennealey  d445351
Schools tap into waterwise message
Captain Cleanup with Grace Palmatler-McLaughlin and Ava Hart at Hillarys PS. Main picture: Martin Kennealey d445351

HILLARYS Primary School students have been learning about the importance of water conservation from an early age for the past 20 years.

The Lymburner Drive institution was WA’s first Waterwise School through the Water Corporation’s Waterwise Schools Program in 1995.

Teacher Adrian Coufos, who introduced the program to the school, remains the students’ waterwise co-ordinator. He was proud of their education in economical water usage.

“Twenty years on we are still constantly striving to be leaders in the conservation and protection of our precious fresh water resources,” he said.

“Our students are actively engaged in a range of sustainability programs, and this has a ripple effect throughout the Hillarys community.”

Water Corporation customer and community group acting general manager David Juers acknowledged the school had set the benchmark for waterwise awareness.

“In our drying climate it’s important the next generation are aware how precious water is, and Hillarys Primary School has been a pioneer in this field,” he said.

The Water Corporation also recognised Woodvale Primary School as a leader in spreading the water conservation message.

The school has been a part of the program for 10 years, with teacher Jen Murray its co-ordinator since day one.

She said students learned about water-saving methods through classroom lessons, displays in the library and tips in school newsletters.

Both schools last week celebrated National Water Week.