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'Be a water saver' magnetic promotional card, 2003

This is a magnetic card promoting domestic water conservation. It was published by the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment. The card is circular with a smaller arrow in the centre, which moves to point at six different ways to save water within the home and the litres of water that can be saved. The card ...

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'Watersmart: garden and homes rebate scheme' brochure, 2003

This is a colour brochure promoting domestic water conservation in gardens and homes. It was published by the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment in October 2003. The cover shows a man selecting a water-efficient showerhead, and a woman in the background also looking at showerheads. Text on the cover ...

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'Helpful hints for waterwise gardeners' booklet, South East Water, 2004

This is a 20-page booklet called 'Helpful hints for waterwise gardeners', published in 2004 by South East Water and the Nursery and Garden Industry Association of Victoria. The cover shown here features a photograph of a newly purchased native plant being held by a smiling young girl. The booklet is part of the Water Smart ...

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Brochure - 'Save water around your home and garden', Yarra Valley Water, 2001

This is a folded brochure published by Yarra Valley Water in 2001 and distributed to householders with their water bill. Its front page bears the title 'Save water around your home and garden', accompanied by a red, catalogue-style 'NEW! Water Efficiency Appraisal' banner. This item is part of the Water Smart Home Collection ...

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'You can water your garden' card, 2004

This is a colour card published and distributed by the Nursery and Garden Industry Association, Victoria. It provides information about Stage 2 water restrictions in Melbourne, which were current until 1 March 2005. On the reverse side, it lists the 'permanent water savings measures' effective from 1 March 2005. The card ...

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'Water saver kit', 2003

This is a promotional folder titled 'Water saver kit', published by the Victorian Government in 2003. The cover is blue and white with a water ripple graphic design. At the bottom right is the Victorian Government's 'Our water our future' logo. The folder measures 315 mm by 230 mm.

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Hand-drawn plan for water efficient garden, 1999

This is a plan hand-drafted by designer Wendy van Dok in 1999. It is a landscape plan for her own water efficient garden, and includes a large plant list featuring many drought-tolerant Australian native species. The plan, which is part of the Water Smart Home Collection at Museum Victoria, is 570 mm in width by 390 mm in height.

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'Easy ways to be a water saver' brochure, 2003

This is a brochure promoting water conservation, published by the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment in October 2003. The blue-and-white cover includes the title - 'Easy ways to be a water saver', a background design showing water rippling, and the Victorian Government's 'Our water our future' logo. ...

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Water tank, LUMI brand, c2005

This is a blue 'LUMI' brand water tank, manufactured by Full Tank. Its capacity is 300 litres and its components include casing, lights and taps. It is part of the Water Smart Home Collection at Museum Victoria, and is 6740 mm wide, 11630 mm high and 610 mm in diameter.

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Garden soaker hose, c2000

This is a garden soaker hose 15 m in length, translucent green in colour, and with a black plastic tap attachment at one end. It was collected as part of Museum Victoria's 'Curator for a Day' project and is in the Water Smart Home Collection.

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Plan for a domestic greywater treatment system, 2003

This is a plan for a domestic greywater treatment system. It was drafted by Stuart McQuire for the Envirowater Greywater Treatment System that he wanted to, and later did, install in his home. He submitted the plan to the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria as part of the process of receiving approval. The plan ...

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'Working together to save water' booklet, 2003

This illustrated 18-page booklet promotes water conservation. It was published in October 2003 by the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment. On the blue-and-white cover, the title of the booklet, 'Working together to save water', is set against a background design of water rippling. At the bottom right ...

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Garden hose attachment nozzle, c1980

This is a garden hose attachment collected as part of Museum Victoria's 'Curator for a Day' project, in which students chose items for inclusion in the Water Smart Home Collection. It is 165 mm long and has a diameter of 30 mm.

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Wastewater: treated well, it's not just a waste

This set of three short videos shows the treatment processes for wastewater in a first world community. Process engineers talk about wastewater and how they treat it.

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'A message about our water' envelope published by the Victorian Government, 2003

This envelope and the letter inside it are educational material about saving water published by the Victorian Government in 2003. Text on the envelope reads: 'A message about Our Water from the Premier of Victoria'. At the top left is the Victorian Government crest, and at the bottom right is the 'Our water our future' ...

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'Water: the challenge ahead' letter from the Victorian premier, 2003

This is a letter from the Victoria premier of the time, Steve Bracks, that was sent to every Melbourne household in 2003. It mentions ways for households to reduce their water usage in the kitchen, bathroom and garden. Readers are encouraged to order a free information kit, 'Our water our future'. The letter finishes with ...

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'Successful pot plants using less water' brochure, City West Water, 1996

This is a three-fold brochure published by City West Water and the Nursery Industry Association of Victoria in 1996. It formed part of a community education program to 'help gardeners reduce their water consumption'. The brochure looks at how to create successful pot-plant gardens. These gardens, it says, are becoming more ...

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'How to identify water efficient plants' brochure, City West Water, 1996

This is a three-fold brochure published by City West Water and the Nursery Industry Association of Victoria in 1996. It formed part of a community education program to 'help gardeners reduce their water consumption'. Its main focus is on helping people to identify water-efficient plants. The brochure also states that 'Victorian ...

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Leaflet - 'Great ways to save water in your home', Yarra Valley Water, 2002

This is a two-sided leaflet published by Yarra Valley Water in 2002 and distributed to householders with their water bill. The title of one side of the leaflet is 'Great ways to save water in your home'. This page discusses the main kinds of water use in a typical home, giving for usage type the usual yearly percentage ...

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Toowoomba: the politics of recycling Water, 2007

In 2007, a referendum to use recycled in Toowoomba was defeated. This clip features an interview with the then-Water Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, conducted as part of 'Talkback classroom', a forum program run by the education section of the National Museum of Australia. Each year a series of forums is held, at which a panel ...