Choose Tap education
Clap, clap choose tap!
Through the Choose Tap education program, staff and students can actively learn about the benefits of drinking tap water as part of a healthy lifestyle and as an environmentally friendly alternative to bottled beverages.
Primary and secondary schools in the Yarra Valley Water service area can apply to receive a free Choose Tap drinking fountain (valued over $2000 incl GST) to make tap water more accessible to staff and students. Yarra Valley Water will also cover the delivery costs of the unit to your school.
To receive a free Choose Tap drinking fountain, your primary or secondary school must:
Be located in the Yarra Valley Water service area. Schools who received a unit between 2012 and April 2018 are ineligible
Install the drinking fountain at your school and cover the cost of installation
Undertake and cover the cost of any maintenance and/or repairs of the Choose Tap drinking fountain
Participate in other Choose Tap initiatives to promote the benefits of choosing tap water, including:
Purchasing a minimum of 50 x Choose Tap drink bottles that can be used as part of a school fundraiser (minimum of $175 + GST for 50 x 600ml bottles)
Displaying a Choose Tap A1 sized sign at a prominent location at your school (eg: front fence/main gate/office area etc)
The opportunity to have a Choose Tap presentation at your school and to promote the Choose Tap message in your school newsletter
Submit an application form to outline why your school should receive a free unit and to confirm your acceptance of the terms and conditions of the offer.
Submit an order form to purchase a minimum of 50 x Choose Tap drink bottles
How to apply
Please send a completed and signed application form and drink bottle order form via email or post to:
Email: [email protected]
Mail: Education Specialist, Yarra Valley Water, Private Bag 1, Mitcham VIC 3132
Applications close 30 June 2019.
Successful applicants will be notified within 1 month of applying.
Early Learning Centre Kits
Our free Early Learning Centre Kits are available to early learning centres in the Yarra Valley Water service area.
Developed for children aged 3 to 5 years, the kit is designed to help educators teach children about the health benefits of drinking tap water. The kit includes a storybook, sing-along CD, colouring-in sheets, stickers, posters, stationery, drink bottles, parent information and more.
If you would like an Early Learning Centre Kit, please fill this online form
Primary School Incursions
Our free Choose Tap classroom presentations are available to primary schools located within the Yarra Valley Water service area. Aimed at students from Prep to Year 6, our fun, engaging presentation will get students up and moving as they learn all about water.
Students are first introduced to the story of “Smell-bourne” (Melbourne’s nickname in the 1880s) which covers the development of Melbourne’s sewerage system and closed catchment water supply through an interactive song and presentation. This is followed by a presentation of a tub containing the average amount of water in a child’s body to demonstrate the effects of dehydration on different parts of the body. The incursion concludes with an interactive rap song to recap the importance of hydration.