Quick summary: In this activity students conduct an audit of water use at their school. The aim of the activity is to: use the school water meters to find out how much water your school uses in an average week and what the usage patterns are; find out where water is being used wisely at your school; find out where water is being wasted and sites of improvement; and communicate findings to the school community.
This lesson can be used when working on the Water Module of ResourceSmart AuSSI Vic Certification. By completing this lesson you will have completed the following actions:
Water Checklist Compulsory Actions:
- A1 – Have you completed an audit to assess water usage and stormwater collection around your school?
- A1 – Have you collected data on past water usage for at least two years?
- A1 – Has this data been entered as your baseline data?
Checklist data goals:
- No official data goals.
Australian Curriculum Links:
Cross curriculum priorities
Sustainability – OI.1 – The biosphere is a dynamic system providing conditions that sustain life on Earth.
Numeracy, Critical and creative thinking
Explicit content description
Geography Year 5
Geography Year 6
Syllabus Outcomes: GE3-4.
Connecting lessons: Stormwater audit – must be completed as a compulsory action.
Resources required: Map of school grounds (if no hard copy available, use Google Maps), access to school water meter, internet access, student worksheet.
Digital technology opportunities: Google Maps, desktop publishing tools, digital sharing capabilities.
Keywords: Water, audit, school, water meter, taps, fountains, toilets, watering system.