Describing water as a precious element, Pope Francis emphasises that “access to safe drinkable water is a basic and universal human right, since it is essential to human survival and, as such, is a condition for the exercise of other human rights”. Noting the fundamental role of water in creation and human development, Pope Francis stresses that it is precisely for this reason that “care for water sources and water basins is an urgent imperative”.
Our schools have taken up the challenges and considerations from Pope Francis' environmental encyclical Laudato Si’ and responded in a myriad of ways. One of these ways is our water stewardship.
Furthermore, water stewardship is an important element of our drought response and is aligned with CEDoW’s Faith in Action guidelines and drought assistance initiatives, through the St Vincent de Paul Society's NSW Drought Appeal, in support of our rural diocesan cousins doing it tough at the moment.
Sydney Water has advised that Level 1 water restrictions are now in place for everyone in Sydney, the Blue Mountains and the Illawarra.
Schools outside of these areas may have different water restrictions. Therefore, all schools are advised to check with their local water authority to ensure they are complying with the allowed use of drinking water outdoors.
More than 85% of Greater Sydney and the Illawarra’s water supply relies on rain. This means that our water is in short supply during prolonged droughts. Water restrictions limit how and when drinking water can be used outdoors and apply to everyone. This includes schools.
For more information on water restrictions visit: http://www.sydneywater.com.au/restrictions
Schools using water outdoors are likely to need an exemption.
Visit: sydneywater.com.au/exemptions to lodge an exemption application or call Sydney Water on 13 20 92 for more information.