High school

Our free, syllabus linked high school excursions give students a behind the scenes look at the way we manage water in greater Sydney.

Students will see real life applications of Science and Geography content learnt in the classroom.
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We offer three excursions that focus on the different types of water in our managed water cycle: drinking water, wastewater and water recycling.

Students will explore the chemistry specific to that site and see how we've applied it in an industrial setting.

The site tour and supporting activities are designed to inspire further Depth Study investigations.

Drinking water

Filter

Students will learn about drinking water filtration.

Visit Orchard Hills Water Filtration Plant to learn about water quality and filtration.

Students will explore pH, buffers, flocculation and basic indicators of water quality. They'll see how we monitor, manage and process water to supply clean drinking water and protect public health. 

Water recycling

membranes

Students will discuss polymers used in reverse osmosis membranes.

Visit St Marys Advanced Water Recycling Plant to learn about membrane technology, water recycling and protecting the environment.

Students will explore different types of polymers and how we use them in flocculation, dewatering and membranes. They'll learn about basic water quality indicators and how we're contributing to sustainable environments and liveable cities.

Wastewater

Penrith clarifier

Students will investigate wastewater treatment processes. 

Visit Penrith Water Recycling Plant to learn about tertiary wastewater treatment, water recycling and protecting the environment.

Students will explore chemicals and separation techniques used in treating wastewater, as well as basic water quality indicators. They'll learn about protecting the environment and resource recovery.
Penrith wier

Students will learn about environmental flows.

Visit Penrith Water Recycling Plant to see how we use separation techniques on an industrial scale for wastewater treatment and water recycling.

Students will explore the impact of human behaviour on water use and the importance of protecting the environment. They'll also learn about how recycled water helps us maintain river environmental flows (e-flows).

We offer three excursions that focus on the different types of water in our managed water cycle: drinking water, wastewater and recycled water.

Students will explore applications and influence of scientific research in water management, specific to each site.

The site tour and supporting activities are designed to inspire further Depth Study investigations.

Drinking water

Photo of water moving at Orchard Hills Water Filtration Plant

Students will learn about drinking water filtration.

Visit Orchard Hills Water Filtration Plant to learn about water quality and filtration.

Students will explore the impacts of scientific research on public health through water filtration. Students will investigate pH, buffers, flocculation and basic indicators of water quality. They'll see how we monitor, manage and process water to supply clean drinking water.

Water recycling

Students doing water testing at St Marys.

Students will learn about water quality indicators.

Visit St Marys Advanced Water Recycling Plant to learn about membrane technology, water recycling and protecting the environment.

Students will explore the impacts of scientific research and the application of technology in advanced water recycling. Students will investigate how various polymers assist with water and solids recycling through flocculation, dewatering and membranes. They'll learn about basic water quality indicators in alternative sources of water and how we're contributing to sustainable environments and liveable cities.

Wastewater

Photo of disinfection at Penrith

Students will investigate separation techniques for wastewater.

Visit Penrith Water Recycling Plant to learn about tertiary wastewater treatment, water recycling and protecting the environment.

Students will explore chemicals how scientific research applied to industrial processes protects the environment and promotes resource recovery. Students will investigate the separation techniques used in treating wastewater to contribute to a sustainable environment and liveable city.
lab testing

Students will investigate water quality.

We offer three Stage 4 programs for Science and Geography that focus on the different types of water in the urban water cycle.

Students will learn about the water cycle, water as a resource and factors influencing water availability in Sydney.

They'll investigate access to water and assess its uses. Students discuss variations in people's perceptions about the value of water.

They'll learn about sustainable water management and how we monitor water quality to protect the environment and public health for a liveable city.

We run these programs:

Learn more in our Stage 4 Science program outline and our Stage 4 Geography program outline.

We also have resources to help you do your own self-guide excursion at a local waterway.

High school resources

We have a range of online water education resources for high school teachers and educators. You might like to try doing a school water audit, running a self-guide excursion, or entering the Brand without a bottle competition.

These resources are free for non-commercial use in schools, environmental education centres and for other non-commercial educational groups.

We also share resources from other water related programs that link with our programs.

Hunter Water - school education pack

Hunter Water has produced a range of resources suitable for use in preschool, infants, primary and high school.

The resources are designed to support the educational programs offered to schools in the Hunter Water area of operation however they can be used independent of the program.

You can find these resources at Hunter Water.

Water, water everywhere! 

What is the water cycle? Follow a water molecule as it journeys from the ocean to the atmosphere then back to earth.

People and climate can affect the water cycle. How do they do this?

You can find these resources on ABC Splash.

Public Utilities Board (PUB) Singapore's National Water Agency


With limited land to collect and store rainwater, Singapore faced drought, floods and water pollution for many years. These challenges inspired Singapore to seek innovative ideas to secure a sustainable supply of water.

Today Singapore has a more reliable supply of water known as the ‘Four National Taps’:
  1. water from local catchment
  2. imported water
  3. highly-purified reclaimed water known as NEWater
  4. desalinated water.
To learn more, visit PUB Singapore.

Thames Water, United Kingdom

Thames Water is the UK's largest water and wastewater services provider, supplying tap water and removing wastewater across London and the Thames Valley. 

Their history dates back to the 1600s. They have been responsible for some impressive engineering projects that have influenced the way we manage wastewater and protected public health, in many cities of the world, including Sydney.

Learn more about the way Thames Water manages the urban water cycle today.

Self-guide excursions

Alexandria canal

These excursions are designed for teachers to deliver.

We'll provide a resource pack that includes lesson plans, worksheets and PowerPoint presentations.

Learn more about our self-guide excursions.

Brand without a bottle

Gala night students 2

Year 7 and 8 English students can compete in a short film competition.

Students act as our creative agency to persuade their peers to choose tap water over bottled water and win prizes.

Find out more about Brand without a bottle