Barwon Water Excursion

Our inquiry learning question for Term 4 is:

Where does our water come from?

We found the answer when we went to West Barwon Reservoir in the Otway Ranges last week.






Here is the ‘information report’ from  our day.

The Geelong Water Supply comes from West Barwon Reservoir.

The Otway Ranges are close to the southern coastline near Lorne.

It rains alot high up in the mountains and the rainoff from the mountains form two rivers-

Munday Creek and West Barwon River.

When Geelong was settled and required a continuous clean water supply, it was decided that a huge wall would be constructed where the rivers met.

A huge reservoir now exists with the mountains surrounding and a reliable supply of rain falling in the catchment area.

The reservoir is presently near capacity- 97% full.

During the drought years the levels fell below 25% and LLPS students saw a very different reservoir to the huge reservoir of water today.

The water is channelled down to Wurdee Boluc were it is treated. The treatment plant is down the mountains so the open channels flow due to gravity.

The process gives us pure, clean drinking water through a network of pipes that range from huge pipes that adults can stand inside to the little pipes that lead to your kitchen tap.

Once water is used in your home it becomes waste water. It  goes down your drain on another journey to keep our lives healthy, clean and safe.

Our message is to never take our water supply for granted.

Water is precious- more precious that gold!
Barwon Water Excursion on PhotoPeach

The Water Cycle Song

This term our Integrated Studies unit is called ‘Turning on the Waterworks’.

One of our enquiry questions is: Where does our water supply come from?

We will investigate this important question over the next few weeks.

This week we will begin at the beginning: ‘THE WATER CYCLE’

Clever and talented teachers from around the world have made up songs and raps for their students.

We can use our blog to vote for our favourite teaching vid for The Water Cycle.


Can you make up a song to explain The Water Cycle?

Barwon Water will be a valuable site for us to visit.

National Water Week will be celebrated next week. We are encouraged to ‘protect, conserve and get involved’ in appreciating our water supply. The poster competition is an annual event for Australian schools.

Barwon Water is the world's best water.

Water Treatment Process
This week we travelled all the way to the beautiful Otway Ranges to see Geelong’s catchment area- West Barwon Reservoir. It was a very long way from Lara but now we appreciate the journey that Whizzy the Waterdrop takes from when he runs off the hills into the reservoir to when he falls out of our taps for us to drink.

View Larger MapWe walked along the dam wall and sat on the ledge. We could see the two rivers- West Barwon River and Munday Creek. They join together to make a perfect catchment for Geelong’s water supply. We followed the open channels all the way down to Wurdee Boluc. This is where all of our water is treated. We saw all the steps- coagulation, filtration, disinfection and the huge tanks that store Barwon Water’s daily supply.
Now we understand why we should protect, conserve and get involved in our precious water.

Barwon Water- Fit for a King!