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Three Waters Educational Resources

The Waterline Education Team has a range of programmes and resources available for teaching Tauranga residents of all ages, from early childhood through to tertiary education and beyond. These programmes and resources focus on the “Three waters” – Stormwater, Wastewater and Water Supply.

All resources are free and available to education providers and community groups. Simply get in touch and find out how we can work together to raise awareness of issues affecting the “Three Waters”. In some cases we can leave resources with groups for an extended period of time if this fits into your programme. 

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Available Services and Resources:

Brochures, posters and other information | Dolphins on Drains | Drinking Water Supply Catchments Programme 
Great Drain Game | Great Waste Race | Happy Fish Target Game | Stormwater Signs in Reserves | Talks to Colleges, Polytechnic and tertiary level education | The Giant Cigarette | Three Waters Presentations | Waste and fat tubes | Waterline School Programme | Waterline - Show me how to fix it (DIY) | Water Efficiency Checks |

  

Brochures, posters and other information

Council has a wide range of publications covering the “Three Waters” – Stormwater, Wastewater and Water Supply. These include: brochures, posters, management guides and more. Download them or email if you would like copies for your school, group or business.

Water resources and publications

Target age group

3 - Adult

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Spills Poster

Dolphins/Fish on Drains

The Dolphins on Drains programme is designed to reinforce the message that “The Drain is Just for Rain”. This programme involves staff visiting kindergartens or schools and taking students out to show the dolphins (or the new Blue Snapper) being attached to stormwater drains in the local area. 
 

Target age group

5 – 12 years

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Dolphins on Drains
 

Drinking Water Supply Catchments Programme

A half-day Water Catchment programme focuses on where our drinking water comes from (the catchments), the special nature of the catchments, how our native forests preserve the quality of our drinking water and how different activities in the catchments can affect this water quality.  The programme can contain a site visit to the water processing plant and the water intake to show students where their water comes from and how it is processed before being pumped out to their taps. This programme can be adapted for different educational levels.

Target age group

Year 5 – Adult level

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 Drinking Water Catchment
 

Early Childhood Water Awareness Programme

The Early Childhood Water Awareness Programme aims to empower children to make conscious choices around the sustainable use of water, and encourage and guide the Early Childhood Centre to embrace sustainable policies towards water. The full programme consists of a Three -Waters presentation to the centre staff to get them up to speed with the issues around our drinking, storm and waste water, a resource book with suggested water related activities, a visit from the Waterline team with the interactive water model to teach the children in a playful, fun manner about the Water Cycle and the story of the ‘Three Waters’, a water audit of the centre’s water consumption, and an information component for parents.

Target age group

3-4 years

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 Early Childhood Water Awareness Programme
 

Great Drain Game

This is an interactive learning tool designed to educate people about the correct disposal of liquid waste such as old paint, oil and chemicals, in order to protect our stormwater system. The resource is used in schools as part of the Waterline Education Programme and at community events such as Children’s Day.

Target age group

5-12 years

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 Great Drain Game

 Great Waste Race

The Great Waste Race was developed to teach children about how different waste products should be disposed of. It is an interactive game/race where two teams compete to dispose of items in the correct place the fastest. It has been used at Council’s ‘Children’s Day’ events, a sustainability expo and at a number of kindergartens. It is suitable for children from kindergarten level to adults.

Target age group

3-12 years

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Happy Fish Target game

The Happy Fish Target game is an interactive game designed to teach children about waste disposal and reinforce the message the “The Drain is Just for Rain”. Children throw “balls” representing different waste products at target holes after deciding the best target to aim for. This resource is used at expos, conferences and other events. It can also be used as a class room activity

Target age group

5 – 12 years

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 Happy Fish Target Game
 

Pollutant bottles

A range of pollution samples were collected (from genuine events) and put together in glass bottles to showcase the type of contaminants that routinely get spilled or washed into the stormwater system. The samples range from car wash water to sediment to food waste to waste oil. These are a great visual tool to educate schools and the general public on stormwater pollution. The bottles are used for school talks, expos, conferences and other council events. 

 

Target age group

All Ages

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 Pollutant Bottles
 

Stormwater Signs in Reserves

Council has produced a series of four signs covering what stormwater ponds are for, how they work, and ways people can prevent stormwater pollution. You can find these in Gordon Carmichael Reserve, Bethlehem Wetlands, Carlton Street Reserve and Matua Salt marsh as well as at three separate locations in Papamoa. Council also has posters with the same information as on the signs available.

Target age group

3 – Adult

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Talks to Colleges, Polytechnic and tertiary level education

Our general Three Waters Presentation can be adapted for different study paths to cater for their specific needs and interests. The central focus generally is the sustainable use of drinking, waste and stormwater. 
Students are made to think about drinking tapwater versus bottled water, where most of the water is used in and around the house and how to safely dispose of different wastes.
Besides a very visual PowerPoint presentation, resources like the pollutants bottles, a water filter from the processing plant and the waste and fat tubes are often used for these talks.

Target age group

Young Adult – Adult level

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The Giant Cigarette

To highlight issues around stormwater pollution in a graphic way the “Giant Cigarette” was developed. It is simply a perspex tube filled with cigarette butts. The number of butts in the tube represents the number of butts thought to be washed into the stormwater system and Tauranga harbour every day.
The resource is used at talks, conferences, expos etc and was used as part of last years pollution quiz – guess the number of butts. This resource is available should groups want to display it for short periods (1-2 weeks) as part of a programme, or to raise awareness of pollution issues in general. 
 

Target age group

All Ages

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 Giant Cigarette
 

Three Waters Presentations

Waterline conducts Three Waters Presentations for a wide range of residents, from community groups like retirement villages, Girl Guides and Rotary Clubs to corporate businesses like banks and lawyers. The presentations are fun, interesting and dynamic and can be adapted to suit any specific water interests.

The presentation covers some eye-opening facts about our Three Waters, like how many million litres of water are used in Tauranga City every day and how little of that is actually used for consumption. We also cover many practical tips like how to check for leaks, where best to wash your car so fish don’t have to swim in the suds, and what we should avoid putting in our wastewater system. 
 

Target age group

Young Adult – Adult level

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 Waste and fat tubes

These tubes have been developed to educate schools and the general public about why wastewater overflows occur and what can be done to prevent them. One perspex tube contains materials that have caused wastewater overflows, a second tube contains fat from a wastewater line blockage. Tubes are sealed and formalin preserved so as not to be a health risk.

Target age group

All Ages

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 Waste and Fat Tubes
 

Waterline School Programme

This programme is available to all primary and intermediate schools, Yrs 5-8. Our educator spends 1 hour each day over a week in each class providing an interactive learning experience where students develop an understanding of why we need to conserve water and how, how our wastewater and stormwater systems work and how we can help those systems work efficiently. Some classes are taken to the wastewater treatment plant for a tour of the facility.

Target age group

8 – 12 years

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 Waterline School Programme

Waterline - Show me how to fix it (DIY)

Tap and toilet leaks are one of the biggest wasters of water, causing undue cost and water loss. The Waterline team offer a free “show me how” service to all residents of Tauranga City. Sometimes basic tap and toilet washer changes do not need the services of a plumber. Save on those expensive costs and learn how to do your own tap and toilet washer replacements. Some modern fixtures will however, need a plumber but the team will be able to advise on this.

Contact Waterline to book a time for one of the team to come around and help you to DIY.

Target age group

All residents

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Water Efficiency Checks

The Waterline team provide Water Efficiency Checks for customers who have queries about their water bill or would like to reduce the amount of water they use. During a Water Efficiency Check we show customers how to read their meter, check for leaks, look at their water consumption habits and give suggestions on how to conserve water. We also use this opportunity to check gully traps and provide information on storm and wastewater.

Target age group

All residents

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 Water Efficiency Checks

 


Last Reviewed: 31/03/2017