WaterWise education

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Water and Waste Education

We invite you to take advantage of the following services, products and online resources that are available to schools (teachers and students) as well as community groups and residents in the Toowoomba region.We have an education program which offers tours of some of our water and waste infrastructure, hosted by the operators of the particular facility.

Our Water and Waste educators are also available to visit community groups and classrooms as guest speakers or offer professional support to teachers in developing water and waste related work units.To find out more about the council's Water and Waste education program contact us - the Water and Waste Education team.

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Booking an educator's visit

If your community group or school would like a visit from one of our Water and Waste educators, the following guidelines are designed to help you make a booking for a TRC guest speaker to attend your meeting or visit your classroom.

Our educators can speak on a range of topics related to water and waste management. Book through Council by phoning 131 872 and ask for Water and Waste Education (Extension 6290).

Topics might include:

Water TopicsWaste Topics
Water supply (surface and groundwater) Waste management and material recovery

Catchments

How a landfill works

Water use and conservation

Managing environmental issues in a landfill

Water efficient gardening

Reduce, reuse, recycle

Water cycle

Composting and worm farming

Water and Wastewater treatment

Litter free lunches

Read more: Booking an educator's visit

Water and Waste tours and visits

  • Book a WaterWise tourCoobyTour
  • Request a WaterWise or WasteWise classroom  or community group visit.

These services are provided free of charge; however, bookings are essential for all tours and visits. Bookings for a tour or visit can be made by contacting us. Please refer to booking guidelines (see article below) before booking your tour or visit.

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Classroom resources

Council's Water and Waste education team have developed, produced and released news updates, DVDs, brochures and factsheets, and identified useful website links related to water studies and waste recycling.  The following are a list of resources produced by Council for use in schools and the general community. New resources related to waste and recycling are currently being developed.

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Tour booking guidelines

For all tours of Water facilities

  • All tours are guided by either operational staff and/or one of council's educators
  • There are no fees or charges for these services.
  • Participating community groups and schools are responsible for providing a bus to transport participants to and from the site (and around the facility where applicable).
  • All participants including the visiting group leader are required to follow the TRC tour guide's instructions
  • Teachers and any accompanying adults are expected to provide active supervision of their student group.
  • Book through Council by phoning 131 872 and ask for Water and Waste Education (Extension 6290)
  • Please notify any late cancellation by phoning 07 4688 6290.

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Teacher resources

  • Helpful websites - for both students and teachers. Refer to the articles below
  • ATTOATcoversmallAt the turn of a tap - - This is council's WaterWise teaching resource that has been developed to assist teachers to better inform students on local water issues. This resource includes integrated work units (p-3, yrs 4-5, yrs 6-8), curriculum based lessons, to match lessons,water related and useful references for all work units. A copy of the full resource is available online.

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Helpful web links

If you are looking for some interesting educational websites try some of these. They include some very informative and creative interactive sites suitable for classroom work or individual extension work.

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High school resources

There are some really useful resources being produced around Australia to support and complement high school syllabi. The web links menu provides access to some of these sites.  Our Water and Waste education unit can assist teachers with local information from Toowoomba Regional Council, and are happy to visit your classroom to speak with your students.

  • For some really helpful weblinks for senior science classes, click here 
  • Check current dam levels for Toowoomba bulk water supply and the related documents found on that page for details of daily and weekly rainfall, evaporation and consumption data
  • Are there any students out there who might have a project worthy of the  Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize? Check out the Australian Water Assocation (opens in a new window) website

Helpful education contacts

TeachingClassVariety in presentation and out of the ordinary learning experiences can enhance classroom learning.

For information on people that can assist with classroom activities and provide other water-related resources please contact us - the Water and Waste Education team.

For assistance with outdoor activities such as creek walks and water quality monitoring of local creeks, it is best to contact either:

Another source of local information is Qld Museum Learning - Cobb & Co. Museum

Water quality monitoring

 

Water quality monitoring

School participation

Monitoring of Gowrie or any other creek within the region is a good hands-on exercise for students and provides relevance and value to their studies about catchments and water quality issues.

If your school is interested in, or has been, measuring water quality along your local creek, you can:

  • Adopt creek sections to remove weeds and rubbish
  • Participate in bio-monitoring of macro-invertebrates and water quality;
  • Post data on the World Water Monitoring Day website;
  • Celebrate achievements made along your local creek through the World Water Monitoring Day activities and awards program;
  • Hire water quality monitoring equipment from the Landcare Discovery Centre, QMDC, at corner of Campbell and Bellevue streets, Toowoomba.

 

Equipment available from QMDC for water related activities is as follows:

 

1.      water quality testing kits include:

  • pole and sample jar
  • other equipment to test for:

-          turbidity,

-          electrical conductivity

-          pH

-          dissolved oxygen

 

2.      macro-invertebrate sampling kits  include

  • pole and nets,
  • sorting trays,
  • magnifying glasses
  • ID books

To make a booking contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on 07 4637 6200.

gowrieck2_nSchool participation

Monitoring of Gowrie or any other creek within the region is a good hands-on exercise for students and provides relevance and value to their studies about catchments and water quality issues.

If your school is interested in, or has been, measuring water quality along your local creek, you can:
• Adopt creek sections to remove weeds and rubbish
• Participate in bio-monitoring of macro-invertebrates and water quality;
• Post data on the World Water Monitoring Day  website;
• Celebrate achievements made along your local creek through the World Water Monitoring Day activities and awards;
• Hire water quality monitoring equipment from the Landcare Discovery Centre  QMDC, at corner of Campbell and Bellevue streets, Toowoomba.

Read more: Water quality monitoring

Preschool to Year 3

When designing our teachers' resource, "At the Turn of a Tap", we discovered some wonderful books to assist teachers plan their work units and use in water studies with their young students. These books are found at the Toowoomba Library Catalogue and are recommended for this age group. They are useful when using our integrated water unit "Water for Life" for junior students.

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Years 4 to 5

When designing our teachers' resource, "At the Turn of a Tap", the following books were found to provide excellent support for our water unit, "Wise about Water" asking students 'So what's so serious about a dripping tap?' These books answer some of the questions students have about where water comes from, how it is used, and where it goes.

These books are found at the Toowoomba Library Catalogue.

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Years 6 to 8

Our education resource provides work units and lesson outlines written to support senior primary and middle school students studying sustainability and water resource issues.

Below is a list of some excellent books that relate to local water issues, as well as Australian and global water topics. They link well with our integrated unit "Water for our Future" and can be sourced from Toowoomba Library Catalogue.

Read more: Years 6 to 8

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