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Education week run’s from 15-21 May each year. This years theme focuses on technology and will see hundreds of schools participate through open days, exhibitions, themed class activities and special events.

In utilising water detection technology students at the Daylesford Secondary College uncovered huge water savings, literally under their feet.

Using data logger technology as part of the Schools Water Efficiency Program (SWEP), the year 7 and 8 students conducted a water audit and discovered a major underground water leak.

For their amazing efforts the School won a state-wide award for Water in the Resource Smart Education Awards.

By detecting the 1000 litre/hour leak the students saved the school $1700 on their annual water bill.

Ernst & Young recently calculated that the SWEP programme has made savings across Ballarat in the vicinity of $82,000, which is almost $5,000 in savings per school.

SWEP is available to all Victorian schools and allows facility managers, teachers and students to access to up-to-date water consumption information. Schools also receive access to a tailored curriculum program which incorporates maths, science and water saving information. For more information visit: www.myswep.com.au