LEARNING ACTIVITY
Catchment management: what’s in a drop?
Climate Region: Arid | Temperate | Tropical
State or Territory: ACT | All States/Territories | NSW | NT | QLD | SA | TAS | VIC | WA
Age Range: 13-18

STORY

Since becoming more aware of water being a natural and finite resource, Amir and his friends decided to challenge themselves and their families. Everyone would run a water audit at home over a week and compare the results. Would the amount of water consumed reflect the number of people in each family? Would it make a difference that Amir’s Dad had plenty of plants that need watering? Would Rick having a swimming pool automatically mean their family consumes the most water?

ACTIVITY OVERVIEW

Water is a precious resource, yet water is also wasted every day. This activity investigates water consumption and how you can reduce the amount of water wasted.

This learning activity is the third part of a sequence of 5 individual learning activities focused on catchment management. The order of these learning activities are: the story of a river, water sustainability, what’s in a drop?, the drain is just for rain and where the river meets the sea.

Outcomes

For children to:

  • understand the urban water cycle
  • learn different ways to reduce water usage
  • discover how much water is consumed during your daily life
  • appreciate that what happens on land can impact our rivers and ocean.
SEASONAL NOTES

This activity can be undertaken at any time of year.

Did you know?

Your water footprint is the total volume of fresh water used to produce the goods and services you consume.

Did you know?

A dripping tap can waste up to 200 litres of water a day. Up to 70% of water used in schools is lost through leaks.

Did you know?

It takes 21 litres of water to make a small chocolate bar.

Did you know?

A dripping tap can waste up to 200 litres of water a day. Up to 70% of water used in schools is lost through leaks.

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Why not try one of our other Junior Landcare learning activities?

Catchment management: the story of a river

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Catchment management: water sustainability

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Catchment management: the drain is just for rain

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Catchment management: where the river meets the sea

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