Risdon Brook Dam

Education & Tours

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Customer education 

Water is a valuable resource; it is essential for life and is recycled continually.  Humans directly impact the quality and quantity of water available every single day.

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  • Have you ever wondered why water is treated?
  • Do you know where your local drinking water catchment is?
  • How is wastewater treated?
  • What has public health got to do with treated water?
  • How can you make a difference to conserving water and protecting the environment?
  • What is the urban water cycle?

Answers to those questions and many others can be provided through TasWater's customer education programs. 

We make it easy for customers, community groups, teachers and students to learn about and understand the connection between our homes and businesses, the water treatment process, public health and the environment through the following ways:

Teacher resources

TasWater has developed a series of lesson plans for teachers and some Activity Sheets for students for Prep through to Year 8.  Each Lesson Plan is aligned with ACARA and the associated activities have been carefully designed to reinforce learning outcomes.

The Australian Water Association also has heaps of resources available to help you in the classroom. Click here for more information.

Classroom visits

NOTE: From 20 June 2017, incursions will only be available in the following council areas: 

Glamorgan-Spring Bay, Southern Midlands, Central Highlands, Derwent Valley, Brighton, Clarence, Sorell, Glenorchy, Hobart, Kingborough and Huon Valley.

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If you are not in one of the above council areas, please watch this space for new lesson resources which will help you guide your class through your local catchments, water and sewage treatment processes.

Our Education officer is happy to visit your classroom free of charge and present an engaging activity that involves student participation. 

TasWater has developed a range of programs that focus on developing students’ understanding of:

  •  The natural and urban water cycles
  •  Environmental impacts on water
  •  Making water safe to drink
  •  Conserving water
  •  Water for health
  •  Where sewage comes from
  •  How sewage is treated.
We are happy to take specific requests and tailor our activity to suit.  If you are interested in our education officer visiting your school please click here.

Our education officer has the necessary Working with Vulnerable People checks and registration numbers can be provided upon request.

Program details:

Prep and kindergarten (30 minutes duration) ‘The water cycle’.

Focusing on fun, our puppet Precious Drop helps students understand the basics of the water cycle that includes

creating a rain cloud.

Grade 1 to 6 (45 - 60 minutes) ‘From the sky to the tap’.
Students learn about the connection between the water cycle, treated water and its journey into our homes.
Students participate in a catchment role play activity. They learn about environmental and human impacts on water quality and how water is made safe to drink.

Grade 1 to 6 (45 minutes) ‘From the tap to the sea’.
Build a sewage treatment plant in the classroom! Students learn why some things should never end up in our sewers.
They learn how wastewater is treated by pretending to be waste and climbing through a range of tunnels, tents and mats.

Grade 5 to 7 (1 hour) ‘How do we make water safe to drink?’
Students are introduced to how science helps us to make water safe to drink, wearing full safety gear (provided),
students participate in teams to create flocculation of their dirty water sample. This is followed by construction of a water filter.

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Our talented TasWater staff are always happy to share their knowledge about our industry with your professional, community or service group meetings.  

Presentation content can include updates about your local treatment plants, unpacking water and sewerage charges, discovering what Trade Waste is, understanding our role when developing properties and learning about water quality and our efforts to protect the environment.  

If you would like TasWater to present at your meeting or community event, please click here.

Tours of treatment plants

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TasWater is keen to share with customers how their water is treated.  Two of our water treatment plants are available for tours by school and community groups in the Hobart and Launceston areas. 

The tours are offered free of charge, however there is an age limit of ten years.  We require a minimum of three weeks’ notice. 

Bookings must be made through the online booking form where you will find our terms and conditions of entry

Sewage treatment plants are not currently offered for public tours.


The TasWater education team regularly participates in events around the state to share our water education programs.

The events include: National Science Week which is held in August each year at various locations around the state, National Water Week in October which is kicked off earlier in the year by our Poster CompetitionOpen House Hobart during November.

If you have an event that you would like TasWater to attend, please email education@taswater.com.au

Meet the Education Officer


Kate started work with Southern Water in 2009.  As a result of the TasWater merge, Kate has become the education officer for Southern Tasmania. 

Kate learns about the TasWater water and sewage treatment and delivery systems so that she can share her passion for understanding and knowledge with our customers through school visits and community information sessions.

Kate Beard - Education Officer (South); P: 6237 8506 or M: 0439 244 691