Clean drinking water sustains life and this was never as evident in our area as in the 1800's when the Europeans began to settle the area now known as Newcastle.
Prior to the Walka Water Scheme providing drinking water to homes in 1885, people living in the area were dying of diseases like typhoid at a rapid rate. Once clean drinking water became available, the population and health of the communities of the Hunter Region boomed, as did the growth of industry.
Hunter Water's Stage 3 education program offers students in Years 5 & 6 the opportunity to learn about how Hunter Water has influenced the colonisation of Newcastle and the Lower Hunter region by providing water and sewer services to the area.
This year marks Hunter Water's 125th anniversary, 18 July 2017 from when the Act was first introduced. As part of the celebrations there will be an exhibition at the Newcastle Regional Museum from Tuesday 5 September to Sunday 29 October
2017. (Please Note: The museum does not open on a Monday.) If your school would like to attend the exhibition please contact the Hunter Water Education Coordinator and provide your school name as well as the date and time you would like to attend.
Currently teachers and students can download resources via the Teacher Resources links below and learn more about Hunter Water by visiting the History and Heritage page of this website.
Coming soon Year 5 and 6 History tours of the Newcastle Number 1 Reservoir, 'The Res'.
Please contact Hunter Water's Education Coordinator if you have any questions.
Our History and Heritage
Water and Sewer