Schools use water in their toilets, sinks and drinking taps. When water is used in many ways there’s a higher chance of leaks and water waste.
Here are some strategies to help your school save water and use water wisely.
Schools Water Efficiency Program (SWEP)
SWEP helps all Victorian schools to find leaks, save water and promote water education.
The program uses water meter data loggers to track water usage and detect leaks. Early detection is vital to saving water and money.
The program also provides students with an opportunity to learn about water efficiency at school and at home and is supported by dedicated curriculum resources, which use the real water consumption data from the data loggers to teach students about using water and how to identify leaks.
If you’re a teacher, parent or student, check if your school is part of SWEP. If your school is not part of the program, download and fill in a justification letter that outlines all the reasons to join SWEP.
Schools can register online via the SWEP website. You’ll need the following information before starting the registration:
how many students and staff are at your school
your school’s water bill account
your water corporation’s name: Greater Western Water
pictures of your school's water meters
The Victorian Government funds the first year of the program and ongoing cost per year for schools is $150.
Use half flushes when appropriate so you don’t use more water than necessary.
At sink taps and drinking taps
Turn the tap off properly after you’ve used it. Your school might have automatic or timed taps, which switch off after a set running time. If a tap is still leaking after you’ve turned it off tightly, let your school know so they can fix it.