Students from Treendale Primary School were immersed in water science and technology as part of their National Water Week celebrations today.Students at Treendale Primary School celebrate National Water Week

Technicians and environmental scientists from Water Corporation set up a range of equipment in the school’s science classroom and taught students how to test water for salinity, alkalinity and chlorine.

Through the Water Corporation’s Waterwise Schools program, students have been studying water as part of their science, mathematics and sustainability activities.

Water Corporation South West Regional Manager, John Janssen, congratulated the school for taking the waterwise message to heart. 

“Every October we celebrate National Water Week to remind ourselves water must be used wisely,” Mr Janssen said.

“Against the background of our drying climate, it is vital the next generation are waterwise and National Water Week is the perfect opportunity to promote this message by visiting local schools and community groups.

“In the science classroom we were able to explain where the local water supply comes from and show the students how to test water.

“The students were surprised to learn the Yarragadee groundwater they drink at the school was rain that fell from the sky around 30,000 years ago.”

Treendale Primary School Science Teacher, Clare Turner, said the 26 students involved in the science lesson showed a keen interest in water.

“It is really important the students are made aware of how science, technology and mathematics are applied every day in jobs and services in our local community,” Mrs Turner said.

“Students will now use the information they gathered about water science to support their learning across a range of curriculum areas.”

For more information about the Waterwise Schools Program or National Water Week, visit

  • National Water Week is held in October each year. This year's theme ‘Water - life - growth’ encourages sound water practices and investment in water sources
  • Over the past 21 years, there have been 563 Waterwise Schools recognised across Western Australia

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