Watery victory for local primary student

IT was a watery victory for South Hobart Primary School student Harriet Vivian recently when she took out third prize in the grades one and two category of TasWater’s National Water Week poster competition.

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

This year’s poster competition theme of “Can’t Flush This!” saw a record number of entries from primary school students, with almost 600 posters from across the state received.

The competition saw students take a creative look at what shouldn’t be disposed of in the sewerage system.

TasWater education officer Kate Beard said the participation this year had been “overwhelming”, with wonderful posters coming in from all across the state.

“It’s great to see this year’s theme so enthusiastically received,” she said.

“It’s an important message that TasWater wants to alert the community to and that is the impact many items or substances can have on infrastructure, people and the environment when not disposed of correctly.

“One of the worst offenders is wet wipes and although sold as flushable, they take a very long time to disintegrate and are regularly the culprit in creating a blockage in the system.

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

Wet wipes that do make it to a sewage treatment plant are removed by a screening process and taken to landfill.

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

Competition prizes this year included iPad minis, as well as other great rewards for both students and their schools.

TasWater’s general manager for service delivery Bennie Smith presented the winning students with their prizes at a ceremony at Rosny LINC.

Ms Beard congratulated all of this year’s winners.

“Thank you to the students and teachers around Tasmania who have helped make this year’s National Water Week poster competition a great success,” she said.

Caption: TasWater’s Bennie Smith and Kate Beard with poster competition winners, from left, Ella Zieserl (Emmanuel Christian School), Otis Martin (The Cottage School), Django Richardson (Southern Christian School), Bobby Nossiter (Fairview Primary School), Bella Radley (Rosetta Primary School), Harriet Vivian (South Hobart Primary School) and Nellie Roney (Huonville Primary School).