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Teacher and student resources

Teacher and student resources

WaterNSW offer a range of a range of curriculum-focused resources for use in the classroom. These resources can be used to help support your excursion to Warragamba Dam or as standalone activities.

Watch our educational videos

Managing water quality

Protecting the heart of the catchment from WaterNSW on Vimeo.

At the heart of Greater Sydney’s drinking water catchment are 3700 square kilometres of highly protected lands known as Special Areas. Meet some of the people working hard to look after these buffer areas, managing the range of issues that can impact water quality.

The Farm Manager from WaterNSW on Vimeo.

Sixty-five year old Geoff Buttonshaw says it’s never too late to learn more about land management. Since selling up his 6500 acre mixed farming property in the Central West, Geoff moved to the Southern Highlands to take up his new role as a farm manager on five local properties. He says he needed  to  improve  his  knowledge about farming in a different locality, so undertook a number of courses and is now working on riparian protection and pasture improvement projects on his clients’ properties.

Managing water supply

Beneath Lake Burragorang from WaterNSW on Vimeo.

Holding over four times the capacity of Sydney Harbour, Lake Burragorang is the source of almost 70% of Sydney’s drinking water. This film takes viewers below its surface to learn about the seasonal changes that take place within the layers of the lake. Follow how Sydney Catchment Authority scientists  monitor  these  changes to ensure Warragamba Dam operators can select the best quality water to send to Sydney.

Managing Warragamba Dam

Caring for the quiet beast from WaterNSW on Vimeo.

The “quiet beast” is the 142 metre high Warragamba Dam constructed from three million tonnes of concrete – Australia’s largest domestic water supply dam. Remarkably this massive structure actually can move a few millimetres over the course of a year and it’s the job of  the  Sydney Catchment Authority’s surveyors and dam safety experts to monitor these changes to ensure it continues to operate safely.

Warragamba - a story of our making from WaterNSW on Vimeo.

Generations of Sydneysiders owe their thanks to the 2000 workers who worked round-the-clock shifts to build Warragamba Dam between 1948 and 1960. This is their story told by the men and women who lived and worked at Warragamba.

Tuesday 17 October
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Tuesday 17 October