Water Education

Choose Tap

Through Choose Tap, MidCoast Council works with the community to promote tap water as the most sustainable drink.

Despite being blessed with some of the finest drinking water in the world, Australians are consuming more bottled water than ever before, creating mountains of problematic plastic waste.

Did you know?

  • The average Australian uses 130kg of plastic per year
  • Plastic bottles are among the 10 most common rubbish items picked up on Cleanup Australia Day
  • Less than 20% of plastic gets recycled, with 80% ending up as landfill or litter
  • Over 90% of the cost of a bottle can be traced back to the bottle, lid or label

So next time you’re thirsty, make the sustainable choice and Choose Tap.

Here are some of the ways you can get involved with Choose Tap through MidCoast  Council:

Permanent Hydration Stations

To help provide access to free tap water on the go, we have installed a range of permanent hydration stations throughout our area. Check out our map of hydration stations, and don’t forget to bring a re-usable bottle next time you leave the house.

School Resources

Our Choose Tap education program provides teachers with a broad range of classroom resources, available for download below:

Preschool resources

Primary School resources

High School resources

External Links

Choosing tap water over bottled water and sugary drinks is better for your health, the environment, and your hip pocket. Here are some additional resources dealing with these issues.


That Sugar Film: Explore the health impacts of sugary drinks and find resources for schools wanting to cut down on sugar consumption.

Take 3: Spreading awareness about plastic pollution in our oceans and inviting us to pick up three pieces of litter and come up with ways to stop pollution before it happens. They do visit this area for school presentations and activities.

Schools Clean Up Day: Litter clean up activities and curriculum-linked resources


It doesn't make sense to buy bottled water: Yarra Valley Water (YouTube link)

The Story of Bottled Water: From the US-based The Story of Stuff Project

What would happen if you didn't drink water?: TED-Ed

Choice articles:

Tap water vs bottled water

Spinning the bottle

Is bottled water worth the cost?

Want to find tap water on the go?

Looking to fill up your water bottle? There are bottle refill stations across our area in public spaces. See the list below and also find them through the Choose Tap app. Scroll down for more info.

  • Boomerang Beach, northern end
  • Bulahdelah showground
  • Forster, Boronia Park soccer club rooms
  • Forster, Main Beach at the pool
  • Forster, Little Street Baths
  • Gloucester, outside Denison St public toilets
  • Hawks Nest, Providence Park
  • Old Bar, next to Main Beach toilets
  • Pacific Palms Surf Club
  • Taree, Recreation ground building
  • Taree, River walk at Pultney St (just past the play equipment)
  • Taree, River Walk at the old pool
  • Taree, Little Athletics sportsfield clubhouse (end of Bligh St)
  • Tea Gardens, Marine Drive
  • Tinonee Recreation Grounds, soccer clubhouse
  • Tuncurry, John Wright Park
  • Tuncurry, South Street sports complex
  • Tuncurry Memorial Park
  • Tuncurry rock pool
  • Wingham, Central Park playground
  • Wingham sportsground

Whizzy the Waterdrop

School Programs

We run free sessions as both incursions and excursions with schools within our service region. 

Whizzy the Waterdrop visits for preschools

Whizzy and friends usually visit preschools across the region each year to celebrate National Water Week during October, but they are also happy to make a special visit throughout the year pending availability.

Whizzy's helper usually reads children a story which looks at things we can do to save water around our homes. Then the fun really starts - Whizzy arrives and has a sing and play with the children, before leaving them with some important tips on how they can be water-savers!

Preschools receive an expression of interest form in term 3 each year for visits during term 4. If you don't receive it, or for visits at other times of the year, contact community@midcoast.nsw.gov.au

Whizzy the Waterdrop visits: early primary

Whizzy the Waterdrop loves to spread his water wise and Choose Tap message - and loves to visit our local primary schools. 

Whizzy and friends usually visit the primary schools in our region each year during October in celebration of National Water Week, but are also happy to make a special visit throughout the year. Expression of interest forms for term 4 visits are sent out in early term 3 each year.

For more information contact community@midcoast.nsw.gov.au


School excursions

Many of our water treatment facilities are able to be visited by school groups, including the state of the art Bootawa Water Treatment Plant, our sewage treatment plants and recycled water treatment plants. Chemistry students are also able to have a tour of the laboratory, located on site at the Bootawa Water Treatment Plant.

These tours are provided free to schools in the region (excluding any transport, catering, or teacher relief costs).

To book an excursion contact us on 1300 133 455 or email community@midcoast.nsw.gov.au to discuss your individual needs.

Bootawa Water Treatment Plant and laboratory

Bootawa Water Treatment Plant offers students the chance to walk through the drinking water treatment process. It is our largest treatment facility, servicing around 85% of our customers, and was judged as producing the best tasting water in NSW and Qld thanks to its membrane filtration technology. It has a large auditorium space with projector, toilet facilities and kitchenette if groups have activities additional to the tour that they would like to incorporate.

The Laboratory is on the same site and is open for tours to senior groups.

Tours are run by our extremely knowledgable treatment plant operators and lab staff. They very much appreciate students who are there to learn and who ask a lot of questions. As the site is operational it is important that students can follow instructions not to wander off or touch the equipment.

Tours of the treatment plant take approximately 1-1.5 hours (depending on how much detail you are interested in) and tours of the lab take half an hour (or longer for interested chemistry classes).

Tours and activities do not include going to the dam, which does not have public access.

Other water treatment plants, sewage treatment plants, and recycled water treatment plants

We operate a number of other treatment plants, some of which are available for tours on request. These include the Tea Gardens and Gloucester water treatment plants, the Dawson (Taree), Hawks Nest, and Forster sewage treatment plants, and the Tuncurry recycled water treatment plant. Let us know your area of interest when you contact us.