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					Water
   WONDERS
                                                                   SCHOOL NEWSLETTER
                                                                                  SUMMER 2008-09




                                Welcome to the Gippsland Water and Gippsland Water
                                Factory school newsletter Water Wonders.
                                With summer here and the school holidays fast approaching, we all love going for
                                a swim and having water fights on hot days. But it’s important that we use water
                                wisely, particularly in the dry months when there is not much rain.

                                Next year, you’ll be able to learn more about water conservation and sustainable
                                water management at Gippsland Water’s exciting new educational facility called
                                the ‘Vortex Centre’. The Vortex Centre is based at the Gippsland Water Factory
                                near Morwell and will be open for school visits in the second half of 2009.

                                In the meantime, have a go at the activities in this newsletter. You can help save
                                water by tracking your family’s water use and checking your home’s water meter,
                                as well as helping the Wilson family save water by playing the Mission H2O game
                                online! Read on to find out more.


FILL IN THE BLANKS
Water can exist in three states of matter: a solid,
a liquid or gas. Fill in the blanks to complete the
sentences below. The answers are all down the bottom
of the page:

1. When the temperature of water reaches
zero degrees Celsius, it _ _ _ _ _ _ _.

2. We see _ _ _ _ _ in our rivers, streams, creeks                                                     WIN
and oceans.                                               HELP THE WILSONS                                    !
3. We don’t always see water when it is a
                                                                  SAVE WATER!
                                                         Your mission: Water storages are at a critically
_ _ _.
                                                         low level, you have been assigned to the
                                                         Wilson family household to save water.
4. When a solid changes into a _ _ _ _ _ _, this
is called melting.                                       Help Chelsea “Sprinkles”, Barbara “Bubbles”, Barry
                                                         “Buckets”, Flo “Nana”, Johnny “Hydro” and Splash the
5. When the kettle _ _ _ _ _, you can see water          Fish move through their house, exploring each room to
                                                         discover water saving tips and hidden videos.
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _.
                                                         Visit www.missionh2o.com.au to play all eight games
6. When a liquid changes into a _ _ _ _ _, this is       and submit your highest score to go in the draw to win a
called freezing.                                         family holiday to the Gold Coast! Visit www.savewater.
                    evaporating                          com.au for more information.
      solid
                                                         Mission H2O is a fantastic way to learn about what you
             gas             liquid                      can do to save water in the home.

                      freezes                            The award-winning online game has been developed
                                                         by Swinburne University students and the savewater!®
                                                         Alliance to help promote water conservation.
              boils              water

                                      GIPPSLAND WATER | GIPPSLAND WATER FACTORY
HOW TO READ
          YOUR WATER METER
Find out how much water your family use at home by
checking your water meter.

1. Find the water meter at your house. Make sure you
get an adult to help you. Usually, the water meter will
be near the front of your property, possibly near the
front fence. It comes up out of the ground and may
look like a metal water pipe with a tap attached.
Water meters are used to measure the amount of
water that each property uses.

2. Once you’ve found your water meter, look for
the numbers displayed on it. Ask someone to turn
on a tap while you’re watching the numbers. What
happens?

________________________________________________

________________________________________________

________________________________________________


3. To read your meter, read from left to right. The
black figures mean kilolitres. A kilolitre is one thousand
litres. The remaining figures show part of a kilolitre.
Write down the full number displayed on your meter:

_________________________________________________

4. Return to your water meter at the same time the
next day. Write down the number again.

_________________________________________________

5. The average Melbourne household uses 207
litres per day per person (according to the 2005-06
Central Region Sustainable Water Strategy). How
much water did your family use?

_________________________________________________

6. Where does all the water go? Make a chart and
over the course of a week keep track of the areas
within the household where your family uses water.
Tally how many times you used water in each area.



                                                             Permanent Water Saving
                                                             Rules are now in place
 Areas                       Number of times used            across Gippsland Water’s
 Bathroom                                                    service area. Please
 Toilet                                                      remember these four
 Kitchen
                                                             key rules that apply
                                                             to all Gippsland Water
 Laundry
                                                             customers all of the time.
 Garden


For more information please visit www.gippswater.com.au or FREECALL 1800 066 401

				
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