Schools Water Efficiency Program

From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.

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Helping schools save water by monitoring watering usage and uncovering leaks.

​About the program

The Schools Water Efficiency Program (SWEP) is a Victorian Government initiative and supported by the Department of Education and Training.

As of 1 January 2017 SWEP has identified and saved 890 participating Victorian schools more than 3 billion litres of water and an estimated $8.7m in costs through early identification of leaks, faulty appliances and inefficient water use.

Why participate?

Schools that participate in SWEP have data loggers installed at the water meters on the school site to monitor daily water use in 15-minute intervals. Every participating school has been able to better understand their water use as well as identify faults or leaks that may not have been recognised as quickly, or at all, without SWEP monitoring.

A global award winning program, SWEP is available to every Victorian school and provides access to subsidised data loggers, a dedicated website, specialist advice, and curriculum materials which support water efficiency education including monitoring and managing water consumption.

Registered schools are also sent personalised alerts if they appear to have a water leak (of more than 100 litres per hour), saving schools money and stopping water wastage by identifying the issue early. Watch the SWEP video to see how the program is already saving schools water and money.

SWEP is also now able to monitor a school’s electricity usage and provide the information on the same website with water data. In the near future, onsite solar generation will also be able to be monitored and presented through SWEP.

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An award winning program

SWEP was awarded the Excellence in Sustainable Water Management award at the 2014 United Nations Association of Australia World Environment Day Awards.Sustania 100 logo 

SWEP was also selected in the 2014 SUSTAINIA100, a study profiling 100 of the leading sustainability innovations from around the world.

 

All Victoria schools can register to participate in SWEP

SWEP is a voluntary program open to every Victorian school. The program requires a three-year commitment by schools and there are no upfront costs. The total program cost for participating is $330 (inc. GST) over the three years, payable by instalments of $165 (inc. GST) in the second and third year.

By signing up for SWEP, your school will receive:

  • up to two data loggers fitted for free; additional loggers are at cost. There is no disruption to water supply at any time;
  • access to a dedicated website for monitoring and managing water consumption data;
  • unlimited staff, student and administrative access;
  • teacher assistance and training can be provided where necessary;
  • email alerts and advice regarding leaks and causes of leaks
  • access to specially designed primary and secondary curriculum resources. These resources address English, Math, Science and Sustainability issues; and
  • for some schools one of the data loggers can be connected to a rainwater tank(s). The plumbing costs for metering the rainwater tank(s) will also be covered by SWEP (conditions apply.)

Schools can register online at the SWEP website

Note: SWEP is an ongoing program following an audit and retrofit stage conducted between 2006 and 2011.

Enquiries and further information

If unsure whether your school is participating in the current program please email your query to:

(The school may not be participating in SWEP even if you have a blue and white Schools Water Efficiency Program sign.)

Visit the SWEP website To learn more about the program, read case studies and see how the SWEP curriculum resource can be used at your school, see: