Tap into Water Week activities

Published on 05 October 2018

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It's National Water Week from 23 - 30 October and the focus is firmly on the tap as young and old find out more about MidCoast drinking water during some fun activities.

We all know drinking water is a better choice for our body than sugary beverages – but did you know the water that comes from our taps is some of the highest quality water around?

Members of the community will have a chance to learn about the stringent quality control processes tap water undergoes when MidCoast Council opens the doors at the Bootawa Water Treatment Plant and laboratory on Wednesday 24 October.

The Bootawa plant, which provides water to the Manning and Great Lakes communities, is a state-of-the-art facility where water goes through a microfiltration process, to ensure all water meets Australian Drinking Water Guidelines. The tour takes a fascinating look at how the Bootawa water treatment plant achieves award-winning drinking water for our region.

The tour kicks off at 11.30am, and bookings are essential as numbers are limited - call 6592 4841 to reserve your spot.

For younger water lovers, 'Clap, clap – drink tap!' is the tune MidCoast Water’s well-loved mascot Whizzy the Waterdrop will be singing as he entertains  preschool aged children at Library storytime sessions  across the MidCoast.

Whizzy and his helpers will be attending seven storytime sessions as part of Council's extensive program to raise awareness about the importance of staying hydrated during the national event.

He will make his entrance at: Wingham Library - 10.30am on Monday 15 October; Forster Library - 10.30am on Wednesday 17 October; Taree Library - 10.30am on Thursday 25 October; Gloucester Library - 10am on Monday 29 October; Harrington Library - 10.30am on Thursday 1 November; Tea Gardens Library - 9.30am on Monday 5 November; and Hallidays Point Library - 10.30am on Friday 16 November.

Whizzy entertains the children through song and dance, imparting important messages about drinking tap water, rather than sugary beverages.

“Turning on the tap is the easiest way for our kids to stay hydrated and healthy,” Whizzy explains.

Whizzy will also make more than 80 appearances at local preschools and primary schools over the coming months, giving children some cool water facts and explaining how water works in our bodies.