Prizes up for grabs in TasWater poster competition

THE National Water Week poster competition is on again and TasWater is asking primary school aged students from across Tasmania to get out their pencils, paints, computers and crayons and submit an entry.

Prizes this year will include iPad Minis, as well as other great prizes for both students and their schools.

Each year, National Water Week events and promotions held across Australia encourage individuals, communities and organisations to work together to build community awareness and understanding around water and sewage issues.

TasWater’s education officer Kate Beard said every year students presented a range of “really impressive” posters, all taking a fun and creative approach to the role water plays in everyday life.

“The theme this year for Tasmania is “Can’t Flush This” and we want everyone to think about some of the things which shouldn’t be disposed of in our sewerage system,” she said.

“This theme fits into an important message TasWater wants to alert the community to – about the impact many items and substances can have on infrastructure, people and the environment when not disposed of correctly.”

Ms Beard said one of the worst offenders was wet wipes.

“Although sold as flushable, wet wipes take a very long time to disintegrate and are regularly the culprit of creating a blockage in the system,” she said.

“Just because something physically can be flushed, does not mean that it should be flushed.”

Cooking oil washed down the sink can also cause problems, combining with other fat and oils in the sewer pipe, which can also cause blockages.

There are four categories for the poster competition – prep, grade one and two, grade three and four and grade five and six.

Each category’s winner will be presented with an iPad Mini 16GB tablet at one of the poster exhibitions held during National Water Week in October.

The first prize winner’s school will also receive a water-themed book pack, which will be presented to the school library.

The poster competition is now open and students are invited to prepare posters on an A3 piece of paper and forward it to TasWater by Monday 11 September.

For more information about the competition, visit the TasWater website at www.taswater.com.au/Community—Environment/Poster-Competition.

Caption: TasWater education officer Kate Beard with a group of grade two students from Lauderdale Primary School.