State Member for Narre Warren South Judith Graley today presented a community grant to Berwick Fields Primary School for its outstanding efforts to save water.

As part of this year’s Love Every Drop program, the school received a $2,000 grant to install new drinking bubblers and taps that will allow students to fill water bottles easily and reduce unnecessary waste.

Berwick Fields Primary School provides environmental education to students that teach them about the environment, the impact they have on it and what they can do to make a difference.

The school incorporated water conservation as part of the environmental education
classes where students could gain an awareness of their impact on water by understanding how they use it and where there was unnecessary waste.

Students examined the ways that water was used around the school as ‘Environmental Detectives’ and identified that water was unnecessarily wasted water when using their drinking taps.

A video made by the students as part of their submission highlighted how much water went down the drain instead of in drink bottles or drinking from the tap. They found that if each student had one drink a day from the bubblers, approximately 386 litres a day of overflow – which is around 39 buckets of water – could be saved.

Quotes attributable to Judith Graley, Member for Narre Warren South

“Berwick Fields continue to demonstrate their extraordinary dedication and commitment to conservation and the importance of caring for our environment,”

“I am always so impressed by the students’ knowledge and genuine interest in our environment and I have no doubt that the ‘Environmental Detectives’ will remain on the case.”

Quotes attributable to Sharon Robinson, General Manager People and Safety, South East Water

“Our vision is to provide healthy water for life and we’re delighted to assist Berwick Fields Primary School in creating positive water behaviours through the Love Every Drop grant.

“It was great to see the students at the school take part in a video highlighting where water could be conserved as part of the school’s application – it demonstrated just how committed the Berwick Fields Primary School community is to conserving water wherever they can.”