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Today students from Bendigo Senior Secondary College (BSSC) launched their own campaign to encourage students to drink tap water and showcased their learnings from their participation in the H2Go program.

Coliban Water partnered with BSSC to help deliver H2Go – a six-week Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) program focused on the water industry - to 60 students.

Coliban Water Corporate Education Officer Alice Rowbottom said the program was designed to develop students’ work-related skills and challenge the way they think about water.

H2Go was launched in April when our staff visited BSSC and conducted a Tap Water Taste Test. Students sampled water from four towns in our region and were asked to rate the taste of the water and described the characteristics,” said Ms Rowbottom.

“Our Tap Water Taste Test encouraged students to think about water quality within our region and in other parts of the world. For most Australians clean water is readily available and affordable but there are millions of people in the world who don’t have access to clean drinking water.

“Students watched a short film which explored the financial and environmental cost of bottled water and learned about our Choose Tap initiative that promotes the benefits of drinking tap water.

“Part of the program was a field trip to Lauriston Reservoir and the Bendigo Water Treatment Plant to find out where Bendigo’s water came from and how it was treated to make it safe to drink.

“Students also visited our Bendigo office to interview staff on how they got started on their careers in the water industry and their role at Coliban Water,” said Ms Rowbottom.

BSSC VCAL teacher Kath O’Shea said the program had been a big hit with students, giving them real-life career knowledge and developing their leadership skills.

“The visit to the Bendigo Water Treatment Plant was an eye-opening experience for students to see what’s involved in treating Bendigo’s water,” said Ms O’Shea.

“Students have been working on their own campaign to encourage their fellow students to choose tap water over bottled water and sugary drinks.

“They conducted an audit of the hot and cold drinks purchased from the BSSC canteen and used the data to develop the campaign.

“The H2Go program has given them the knowledge and confidence to promote the benefits of tap water and to develop their own skills,” said Ms O’Shea.

Coliban Water offers a range of curriculum-linked and interactive incursions and support to students and teachers in the Coliban Water region.

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