The Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water is joining forces with the Australian Water Association (AWA) and The Water Conservancy to deliver National Water Week and Water Night this year.
National Water Week, 16-22 October 2023, aims to engage and inspire all Australians to build awareness around the value of water.
Water Night on 19 October aims to drive stronger community action to saving water and growing water knowledge.
Here is more information on ways to get involved!
National Water Week, 16-22 October 2023
This year’s National Water Week theme ‘United by Water’ celebrates water's vital role in connecting us all. Water touches every aspect of development. It drives our economy, supports healthy ecosystems, and is essential and fundamental for life.
The way we manage our water resources is under pressure from impacts like climate change and a growing population. We work with all levels of government and with industries and communities to manage water to meet current and future needs.
The National Water Grid is the Australian Government’s primary water infrastructure program and supports this collaboration through its ongoing work program.
National Water Week Panel Discussion: United for Australia’s Water Future — Imagining Water Security in 2050
At this panel discussion, we will ask six experts to imagine Australia's water security in 2050, and what we need to do to achieve it.
When: Wednesday 18 October, 2:30pm – 3:45pm.
- Kate McBride, The Australia Institute
- Michelle Hobbs, The Australian Rivers Institute at Griffith University
- Dr Paul Wyrwoll, Australian National University
- Emeritus Professor Cynthia Mitchell, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney
- Matthew Coulton, Bureau of Meteorology
- Matthew Dadswell, Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water.
To secure your free in person place (in-person places are limited) or online ticket visit the Eventbrite page.
Water Night live chat with Costa Georgiadis, 6:30-7:30pm, 18 October
A broad mix of presenters including a family, school principal, representatives from our department and local government will come together with Water Night Ambassador and celebrity gardener, Costa Georgiadis and the Water Conservancy to talk all things saving water!
To join the livestream from 6:30pm Wednesday 18 October, head to the Water Conservancy’s Facebook page.
Water Night, Thursday 19 October 2023
Turn off non-essential taps from 5-10pm on Thursday, 19 October and help boost awareness of the difference in how we imagine we use water versus the reality of how we use it.
Register for Water Night and encourage friends and family to give it a go. It’s a chance to help empower Aussies to improve their water knowledge and to save water!
Choose taps and showers that save water and money!
The department’s Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) scheme has been helping Australians choose the most water-efficient household products since 2005.
The scheme is on track to save households over 165 GL of water this year. This is equal to 105 Melbourne Cricket Grounds filled to the brim with water!
WELS is also expected to save Australians $1.5 billion in reduced utility bills – that’s about $143 per household per year.
To choose water efficient showers, taps and other water saving products for the home visit Choose products that save water and money.
Learn more about National Water Week and Water Night and resources to help you get involved:
- National Water Week
- Water Night 2023 - Water Night
- Discover the difference water can make in a day with the National Water Grid
Learn more about how we’re working with industry, communities and businesses across Australia to achieve water security for our nation through our national water policy work.
Find out how water for the environment is helping to protect and restore the rivers and wetlands of the Murray–Darling Basin and keep any eye on our social media channels for videos on key outcomes in 2022-23 for fish, birds and vegetation.