Waterwise Schools

Waterwise Schools 1

Funded by Bellingen Shire Council and delivered in partnership with Cascade Environmental Education Centre, the Waterwise Schools Program is an important step in developing environmental stewardship in our young leaders. Students learn about the water cycle, how to conserve water, and how to keep our rivers clean.  The Waterwise Schools Program was originally developed by the WA Water Corporation.


As part of their Waterwise certificate, students conduct a school water audit, identifying leaks and saving water.  Picture below is Orama Primary School receiving their Waterwise certficate.  They identified two leaky taps and a 'dodgy flush button' saving approximately 10,512 litres of water a year - proving that even small actions can have a big impact. 

Orama PS Waterwise

The Waterwise Schools Program is available to all schools, both public and independent. It is linked to curriculum frameworks across all major learning areas, promotes active citizenship, and encourages community involvement. For more information about getting involved contact Council’s Water Resilience Officer on 6655 7300.  


The Mayor Cr Steve Allan visited St Mary's School in July 2023 to extend his congratulations on their successful completion of the Waterwise Program! This initiative has become an important learning in nurturing environmental stewardship among our future leaders. The students have gained valuable knowledge about the water cycle, water conservation, and the importance of keeping our rivers pristine.