ResourceSmart Schools water module

Last updated: 22 March 2021

Water is a valuable resource, especially in our changing climate.

When students understand where water comes from and the processes involved in getting water to the school, they will better understand how precious it is and how best to use it.

Water efficiency helps schools to:

  • Reduce water and energy costs
  • Provide learning opportunities for young leaders
  • Build a stronger school culture based on good communication and shared goals
  • Raise the schools profile in the community
  • Contribute to a better environment through water efficiency.

The Water Module assists schools to reduce water use and save on bills. Schools can improve water use on school grounds and through partnering with their community on river health, waterway protection and coastal care projects.

The water Module involves three key areas:

  1. Workplace/operational

    Save water by assessing the way water is used in the school through audits, creating a water plan, managing water usage in your grounds and school yard, retrofitting and new technology as well as maintenance.

  2. Learning and teaching

    Explore curriculum activities that engage students in learning to be more sustainable users of water.

  3. Whole school community engagement

    Embed sustainability and being water smart into the life of the school and wider community.

If signing up and committing to the ResourceSmart Schools program it is recommended to start and complete the Core Module first then proceed with other Modules in any order or the same time. If not signing up to the program, schools can utilise the Water resources to become more sustainable.

Module completion

The Water Module has 57 actions. To complete the Module, schools need to complete a minimum of 32 actions.

ResoureSmart Schools Water module resources

ResourceSmart Water module checklist

25 August 2017 – A list of all actions to help each school through the ResourceSmart Schools program Water module.

ResourceSmart Water: a 'how to' guide

18 July 2019 – A resource for improving water efficiency in Victorian schools.

ResourceSmart Water audit tool

26 November 2020 – Tools to assist schools to undertake their annual water audit.

Curriculum links: Level F–6

18 July 2019 – Helping schools to build sustainability into their curriculum in all subject areas from foundation to grade six.

Additional Water resources

  • Water – learn it. live it. Water – learn it. live it. is a water education initiative for both primary and secondary schools operating within metropolitan Melbourne and is also available through regional areas of Victoria
  • Melbourne WaterResources to educate primary, secondary and tertiary students and the community. Visitors to ‘Melbourne’s Water Story’ will journey through the city’s settlement and end with a look to the future. Explore events with videos, web-links and current data. The website also includes curriculum linked Teacher Resources with individual classroom activities, lesson plans and excursion kits for about waterway health, sewage treatment and stormwater management.
  • Waterwatch Victoria – For more than 23 years, the Victorian Waterwatch Program has been connecting local communities with waterway health and sustainable water management issues. Through the Waterwatch Program, citizen scientists are supported and encouraged to become actively involved in local waterway monitoring and onground activities. Waterwatch Victoria has developed a range of resources to support teachers and students.

Want to know more? Get in touch with:

ResourceSmart Schools Education Team
Sustainability Victoria
1300 363 744
schools@sustainability.vic.gov.au