Author Archives: Luke Gibbons

Celebrating the savewater!® Alliance

Equilibrium at the 2012 Melbourne International Flower & Garden ShowThe savewater!® Alliance was officially established as a not for profit organisation in 2004, and after 10 years, the Alliance is winding down, so now is the perfect time to celebrate some of savewater!®’s achievements. The savewater!® Alliance created an independent platform for the water industry to support and celebrate

Melbourne couple make the most of rainwater

Roses in Carol's gardenIt was a warm day in early November when I drove out to one of Melbourne’s North Eastern suburbs to meet Carol and her partner, Peter. Carol is a budding artist, while Peter is a musical genius on the piano, but the reason I was there can be found in their garden. Carol and Peter had kindly offered to show me their rainwater tanks.

Victorian Schools save over 1 billion litres of water

SWEP City scapeIt’s the middle of the holidays and the school yard is empty. No one’s waiting in line at the tuck shop nor is there anyone playing down ball on the pavement. The sound of the school bell ringing through the air is absent, in it’s place, just the sound of birds in the trees, and of trickling water. A water pipe has burst

National Water Week 2014

water droplets with green backgroundThis week is National Water Week 2014! National Water Week is an annual celebration of water in Australia which occurs in the third week of October. National Water Week was first held in 1993. The initiative is designed to help members of the community of all ages and walks of life to understand and take action

Water Sources: Recycled Water

recycled water trigger nozzle and hoseContinuing our series on water sources, we are looking at recycled water but before we can do that, we first need to know about wastewater. Wastewater is water that has been used by businesses and households and is then treated at a wastewater treatment facility. Perhaps because it has been inappropriately named or

Spring Wildflowers

Spring is such a great time of the year to get out into the bush and explore, especially with the range of bright coloured wildflowers in bloom at the moment. The Aussie bush is also a great place to get some inspiration for your own garden. Native wildflowers not only survive without additional watering,

Water Sources: Storm Water

storm drainNow that we have taken a look at rainwater in our water sources series, it’s a good time for us to turn to storm water. What is storm water? Storm water and rainwater are terms that are often used interchangeably, however, when talking about water sources rainwater usually refers to water that falls on roofs

Water sources: Surface water

dam wallAs we continue our series on water sources in the lead up to National Water Week, we’re looking at one of the broader terms this week: surface water. What is it? Including rivers, lakes, oceans and wetlands, surface water is loosely defined as any body of water on the surface of the earth. As we’ve already covered

Children’s book: The Story of a Raindrop

Story of a RaindropWith the mid-year school holidays on our doorstep, we’ve got a great new children’s book now available for your iPad or iPhone via iBooks. Titled “The Story of a Raindrop,” this picture book teaches the reader all about the natural water cycle. It is artistically illustrated by students from Swinburne University


CompostEvery gardener knows that compost is good for your plants but did you know that over 40% (ABS) of solid waste in landfill in Australia could have been composted? Or that using compost is actually water efficient? If you answered no, that’s ok because this week is International Compost Awareness Week which gives you a great opportunity