We all want to live in cool, green and clean spaces, and this wouldn't be possible without water. Water is at the heart of the places where we love to live and play. We couldn't imagine a world without it. How we value water connects us with our environment and each other.
Liveability is all those things that make a city enjoyable to live in. These include:
Liveability means something different to everybody. People's perceptions of liveability vary according to their cultural, social and economic backgrounds. What does liveability mean to you?
Clean waterways can make us feel better about where we live. We like the water near us to:
Managing water and protecting the environment is very important to us. We play a huge role in contributing to healthy waterways.
Learn more about our role in.
As Sydney has grown over time, our value of water in the environment has changed.
Creeks and rivers that were once natural sources of clean water may have been turned into:
Today, with improving technologies to manage water, we value creeks and rivers differently. We want them to:
Alexandra Canal is a great example of how our values and uses of waterways have changed over time. Watch this video about current projects.. Learn more about our
Did you know that about 85% of Australians live within 50 kilometres of our coastline? People can feel a connection to where they live through water.
Being near water, on the water or in the water can make many people feel relaxed, calm and connected to the natural environment. How do you feel when you're near water?
In Indigenous cultures, the way the water shaped the environment and brings life is important. For thousands of years Aboriginal people have lived with respect for nature and the environment, including water, because all of nature is sacred. Read the Dreamtime story of the
What role does water play when you celebrate?
Often families and communities gather around water to celebrate milestones in life and special dates of the year.
Water can be an important part of many cultural traditions such as:
How liveable a place is can indicate the quality of life of the people who live there.
Liveable cities have access to clean, safe drinking water and the removal of wastewater (sanitation). That means our health and wellbeing are being cared for in the places we live.
Access to services and facilities like water, power, communications, transport, healthcare and education provides choices in our lives. For example:
Clean water keeps us healthy and helps us manage our personal hygiene.
Using water and soap to clean your hands is essential to help stop the spread of infectious diseases. See this guide fromto see how.
Water also helps us with sanitation, such as flushing toilets. Did you know that the invention of toilets helped to save lives? See.
When you flush your toilet your used water is removed, cleaned and returned to the environment or reused safely. This is called wastewater treatment.
Have you thought about how access to water contributes to the wellbeing of a community?
Some people don't have easy access to water, especially if they don't have a home. How will their dignity, health and hygiene be affected?
There are many places in the world where people don't have good access to clean water and proper sanitation. In fact, about half the world's population doesn't have access to a toilet. Imagine if you didn’t.
Access to water for showering, doing laundry and keeping clean can improve people's wellbeing.
One of the ways we help is by sponsoring. Orange Sky is the world's first free mobile laundry service for people without access to clean, safe washing facilities.
We've funded a shower and laundry van that provides access to basic hygiene in our local community. This will help restore dignity to those who are easily forgotten.
Try our in the classroom.
It costs money to make sure there's high quality, safe water every time you turn on the tap.
There's a lot to think about when setting prices for water and there are different prices for your home and businesses. One litre of Sydney tap water costs less than one cent.
You might like to compare our prices with some other countries, likeand in the United Kingdom. Remember to convert to Australian dollars!
Bottled water can be 1,800 times more expensive than tap water. Although it's more expensive, it's not necessarily any better for us or the environment..
There's help for customers who have trouble paying their bills. Get help with your bill.
When we plan for access to water in the future, we need to think about the number of people who will be living in Sydney, where they live and the amount of water available.
Sydney relies on rainfall being collected in dams for its water supply, but rainfall can be unreliable.
– Use this resource in the classroom to show layers of water infrastructure in Sydney.
– Explore why water is important for health, hygiene and wellbeing.
– Learn about projects to help make Western Sydney cooler.
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