National water week activities Mid Coast

Whizzy met Jace Landers and Mia Coombe in the Great Lakes last year.

Whizzy met Jace Landers and Mia Coombe in the Great Lakes last year.

The focus is firmly on the tap as young and old find out more about Mid Coast drinking water with a number of activities over national water week, on October 23-30.

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 the doors at the Bootawa Water Treatment Plant and laboratory are opened on Wednesday, October 24.

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 will take a look at how the Bootawa water treatment plant achieves award-winning drinking water for the region.

The tour will begin at 11.30am, and bookings are essential as numbers are limited. Call 6592 4841 to reserve a spot.

For younger water lovers, “Clap, clap, drink tap!” is the tune MidCoast Water’s mascot, Whizzy the Waterdrop will be singing as he entertains  preschool aged children at library story time sessions across the Mid Coast.

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

Whizzy will be putting in appearances at the following locations:

  • Wingham Library at 10.30am on Monday, October 15;
  • Forster Library at 10.30am on Wednesday, October 17;
  • Taree Library at 10.30am on Thursday, October 25;
  • Gloucester Library at 10am on Monday, October 29;
  • Harrington Library at 10.30am on Thursday, November 1;
  • Tea Gardens Library at 9.30am on Monday, November 5; and
  • Hallidays Point Library at 10.30am on Friday, November 16.

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 explained.

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.