Books from our collection
Melbourne Water supplies drinking and recycled water and manage Melbourne's water supply catchments, sewage treatment and rivers, creeks and major drainage systems.
Access to safe drinking water by country
World Water Crisis
Is water more valuable than oil?
- 97% of world's water is salty and 2.5% of the worlds water is fresh water. Of that 2.5%, 2/3 of it is locked up in the Polar icecaps and 0.5% is composed of our lakes rivers and groundwater. Only 0.007% of this water is actually pronounced as safe for consumption according to the World Health Organization.
- Our water use is mainly categorized within Agricultural, Industrial and Personal use, with a larger consumption rate in our Agricultural industries.
- Our population has tripled over the last hundred years and our water consumption rate has increased 6 fold.
- (a) 1300 litres (b) 3400 litres (c) 15500 litres.
- Agriculture accounts for 70% of our water use and lately technologies such as micro-drip technology has been experimented with to reduce this use.
- Desalination has been experimented with to help us get access to the huge resources we have in our oceans.
Water our precious resource
Water our precious resource
1. What were some of the statistics that help us understand the breakdown of the worlds salt water and our healthy consumable water?
2. What is our water used for and mostly to support which area in particular?
3. What’s happened to our water over the last 100 years and what did this mean for our water?
4. How much water does it take to produce a kilo of (a) wheat (b) rice and (c) meat?
5. What accounts for most of our what and what is being done about it?
6. What other technologies are being experimented with currently to help save our water and produce more of this resource?
Cool Australia presents: Water
Fresh water is the most precious resource on Earth. It is essential for the survival of all living things. Did you know that the water you drink today is the same water that the dinosaurs enjoyed?
Water changes everything
The Bottled Water Industy
What are the environmental effects of the bottled water industry?
Does it taste better than tap water?
Is it better for you?
Watch this video below!
How much water do we use every day?
How much water we really use in our daily lives, which in turn affects the global water crisis. The global water crisis will be the central issue facing our world this century. We can manage this problem, but only if we are willing to act now.
Effects of pollution: The Trash Vortex
The trash vortex is an area the size of Texas in the North Pacific in which an estimated six kilos of plastic for every kilo of natural plankton, along with other slow degrading garbage, swirls slowly around like a clock, choked with dead fish, marine mammals, and birds who get snared.
Aboriginal water management in northern Australia
Aboriginal social and economic values of aquatic resources and identified their flow links in the first study of its kind in Australia.
Spiritual connection to water by Indigenous people
Out of Australian dreamtime, a modern day Aboriginal Elder shares ancient stories of who we really are.
Journey with Bunjalung Lewis Walker as we remember our vital connections to dolphins and whales, and become better ocean custodians for the 21st century.
Where does poo and wee go?
What happens after you flush it?
A 4 year-old's bucket list - water is life
The Importance of Sanitation
Science of Water
The oceans are so vast and deep that until fairly recently, it was widely assumed that no matter how much trash and chemicals humans dumped into them, the effects would be negligible.
PLAY: Water and the world Jeopardy!
Test your water knowledge in teams with this fun game.
How to play:
Divide group into four teams.
Each team selects a category and amount, for example "Lucky Dip" for 400.
Ask question. Click on question for correct answer.
Click on tick or cross to add team's score.
Click question again to return to the board.
Continue, in turns until each qusetion has been asked.
The Murray Darling Basin
THE MURRAY-DARLING BASIN | QUICK FACTS
Total of 23 river valleys
Basin area over one million square kilometres (1 x 106 km2)
14% of total area of Australia
Annual average rainfall 530,618 gigalitres (GL)
94% of rainfall evaporates, 2% drains into the ground and 4% ends up as runoff
Basin generates 39% of the national income derived from agricultural production
Produces 53% of Australian cereals grown for grain, 95% of oranges and 54% of apples
Supports 28% of the nation’s cattle herd, 45% of sheep and 62% of pigs.
The MDB is home to a large number of different plants and animals including:
- 35 endangered species of birds
- 16 species of endangered mammals
- over 35 different native fish species.
The MDB also includes over 30,000 wetlands – some of which are listed internationally for their importance to migratory birds from within the Basin, other parts of Australia and overseas.
The Yarra River
The Yarra River was very important to Aboriginal people, and its name is thought to derive from Aboriginal words meaning "ever flowing". In 1803, Charles Grimes, Acting Surveyor General of New South Wales, led the first party of Europeans up the Yarra River.
The river was instrumental in the establishment of Melbourne.