What is drinking water?

Source: The Cooperative Research Centre for Water Quality and Treatment “Drinking water” – sometimes called potable water – is water that is safe for humans to drink and use for other domestic purposes, such as cooking, washing up, bathing and showering. In Australia, most water sources req...

Recycled drinking water: what Australians need to know

Author: Prasanthi Hagare Source: The Conversation  Date: 30 May, 2012  Our conventional water supply system that continually captures and delivers water is under great strain because of an increase in population, rapid urbanisation, and drastic changes in climate and rainfall. When the relia...

Top 10 Water Wasters: From Washing Dishes to Watering the Desert

Source: Scientific American Many of us use water thoughtlessly; it seems as abundant as the air we breathe and a free swig is available almost anywhere. But fresh, potable water is already a precious commodity in many drier parts of the world, and as it grows rarer—and thus, dearer—in deve...

Using and Saving Water at School

Source: Melbourne Water Australia is one of the driest continents on earth and yet we are one of the highest consumers of water per person. Find out what you can do save and reuse water in your school: 1. Collect excess water and use it wisely Place ice cream containers under school water founta...

Water footprint – How people use fresh water

Source: WWF Global pressure on our freshwater resources is increasing, mainly through changes to population and income levels, which have increased the demand for water-intensive products such as meat, sugar and cotton. Similarly, changes in precipitation patterns as a result of climate change ar...

Water in, water out: assessing the future of the Great Artesian Basin

Author: Brian Smerdon Source: The Conversation Date: 28 March, 2013 The Great Artesian Basin is huge and ancient underground “water tank” big enough to fill Sydney Harbour 130,000 times. It streches from Cape York down to Dubbo and further west than Coober Pedy and has been providing the only...

Banking water underground for our future

Author: Andrew RossSource: The ConversationDate: 7 January, 2013  Australia should prepare now for dry times ahead by “banking” its water underground. This means storing surplus water underground during wet periods and bringing it up for use during dry times. Water storage and banking are the ...

Take on the Enviroweek 2013 Challenge!

Enviroweek 2013  From August 25 - 31 join thousands of Australian students taking positive action by raising awareness and a gold coin for a sustainable future.   Open to all Australian Pre-Primary, Primary and Secondary students Suitable for whole schools, classes, teams or individu...

Finding a way to slow sea level rise

Author: Andrew FreedmanSource: Climate SpectatorDate: 15 April, 2013  A new study finds that it is possible to greatly slow the rate of sea level rise, which is one of the biggest threats global warming poses, by cutting so-called 'short-lived climate pollutants', which warm the climate on timesca...

Mia Vissenjoux, Environmental Ambassador

Cool Australia had the privilege of having Mia Vissenjoux speak at our annual 'Love Your Planet' Valentine's Day Women's Lunch. She is the Environmental Captain of Brighton Secondary College and has quickly become a voice for environmental responsibility for her generation, whom some refer to as an ...