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Brainwave Learning Program

Brainwave Learning Program

The SA Water Brainwave Learning Program is a series of free events and learning resources. It supports the Australian Curriculum in three main areas: geography, science, and sustainability.

Curriculum areas


This part of the program covers:

  • the economic value of water
  • the nature of water scarcity
  • ways of overcoming water scarcity
  • the way water connects and effects the environment
  • the quantity Australia's water resources and how they vary
  • comparison of water resources in Australia and on other continents.


This part of the program covers:

  • the importance of water as a resource
  • how water cycles through the environment
  • the renewable nature of natural resources
  • the non-renewable nature of some natural resources
  • how science and technology contribute to finding solutions to a range issues
  • mixtures: Water and sewage contain substances that can be separated using a range of techniques.


This part of the program covers:

  • how individual and community action contributes to the sustainability of systems. These include ecological, social and economic systems
  • how sustainable futures are created by preserving and/or restoring environments.

Tours, workshops and shows

Our workshops are primarily targeted at years five to seven. However, the Kauwi Interpretive Trail and our Living Loans program are valuable for all ages.

Reimbursement of bus hire is offered to regional and disadvantaged schools. For details, please contact us via the number listed at the bottom of this page.

Just Add Water: Theatre Show

Join your hosts Rip Tide and Sue Nami as they mix fascinating facts with some spectacular science and then… JUST ADD WATER!

Water is the most abundant substance on the surface of the Earth – and arguably the most important. But just how much do you know about the stuff?

Where? Shows are at Whyalla and Pt Lincoln in 2017.

How long? 1 hour.

Who? Years three through seven.

2017 dates: 29 August (Whyalla); 31 August (Pt Lincoln). Booking details will be available from this page soon. Please email queries to brainwave@sawater.com.au

Water Treatment: Follow that Drop!

Join That Science Gang for the story of a drop of water's journey to your tap. Classes can tour a water treatment plant and/or participate in hands-on workshops.


  • full day excursion (tour a reservoir and treatment plant, and take a workshop)
  • take a workshop
  • take a tour.

Where? Tours are at Happy Valley Reservoir and Treatment Plant; workshops are at SA Water House, 250 Victoria Square, Adelaide.

How long? Tours are one hour, workshops are 1.5 hours. For a combined workshop/tour option please allow four hours (including travel time between venues).

Who? Targeted at years five to seven.

Slippery Stuff: Incursion science show

When pure, water is tasteless, odourless, and just a little bit blue. But, most commonly, it is found on planet Earth as a mixture. As you slip and slide through this slippery and spectacular show, you'll discover how SA Water scientists transform these mixtures to create drinking water and clean up our waste.

Where? At your school (metropolitan Adelaide only)

How long? 1 hour

Who? Targeted at years three to seven.

2017 dates: 20 - 24 March, 30 October - 3 November.  

Please email an expression of interest to brainwave@sawater.com.au nominating your preferred date and we will be in touch to confirm once we have worked out a schedule.

Sewage Treatment: Poo Do-Gurus

Did you know the average person visits the toilet 2500 times a year? Imagine what happens to all that waste!  That Science Gang will take you on an interactive, journey to explore how sewage      is treated and recycled. At SA Water your 'business' is our business!

Where? Tours are at Bolivar Wastewater Treatment Plant (or Christies Beach by negotiation). Workshops are at SA Water House, 250 Victoria Square, Adelaide.

How long? Tours are one hour, workshops are 1.5 hours. For a combined workshop/tour option please allow four hours (including travel time between venues).

Who? Targeted at years five to seven.

Book a Workshop

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Desalination: Tour

'Kauwi' in the local Indigenous Kaurna language means 'water'. The Kauwi Interpretive Centre is part of the Adelaide Desalination Plant and tells the story of water in South Australia from settlement to now. Discover the desalination      story through displays, problem-solving activities and tours.

You will learn about:

  • the importance of our desalination plant
  • the process from ocean to tap
  • the environmental and sustainability aspects of the plant
  • local plants historically used by the Kaurna people (featured in the Bushtukka Garden next to the centre).

Each school session includes a short presentation, group activities and a tour of the desalination plant.

Where? Adelaide Desalination Plant, 16 Chrysler Road, Lonsdale.

How long? 1.5 hours.

Who? Targeted at years five to seven.

Book a tour

Desalination: Kauwi Interpretive Walking Trail

The Kauwi Interpretive Trail was developed in collaboration with the local Kaurna people and showcases their history and culture. Along the walking trail are wetlands, look-outs and impressive views of the southern coastline. This includes the Bushtukka Garden.

Where will the trail  take me? The trail starts at the Kauwi Interpretive Centre on Chrysler Road at Lonsdale. The trail heads towards Gulf St Vincent and along the coast before turning back towards the Adelaide Desalination Plant.

How long is the  trail? The total length of the trail is 2.3 km, or 1.15 km each way.

When can I visit? The trail is accessible 24/7, so you can walk it at any time.

Sustainability Challenge

Challenge your students to explore urban water supply and sustainability issues. Students work in teams to design a sustainable town with a water supply that meets growing demands on the supply system.

This program introduces students to:

  • water sources
  • treatment processes
  • the water cycle
  • urban planning
  • populations
  • demographics.

Where? SA Water House, 250 Victoria Square, Adelaide.

How long? Workshops are two hours long

Who? Targeted at years seven to nine.

Book a Challenge

Contact the Brainwave Team

Phone: 08 7424 2223

Email: brainwave@sawater.com.au

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  • 15/03/2017
  • Water Quality
  • Some Adelaide Hills customers may notice changes in the taste and/or smell of their tap water, as we work hard to reduce the impact of an algal bloom in the Summit Reservoir.
    The algal bloom is causing a naturally occurring compound called geosmin, which can affect water taste and odour, but is harmless to health. The water remains safe to drink.
    We expect customers in the following areas may notice this change: Mount Barker, Balhannah, Oakbank, Verdun, Hahndorf, Heathfield, Stirling, Crafers, Lenswood, Lobethal, Woodside, Brukunga, Mount Torrens, Birdwood, Gumeracha, Kersbrook, Cudlee Creek, Wistow, Nairne, Littlehampton, Strathalbyn, Clayton, Milang, Langhorne Creek and Bridgewater.
    We have made changes to our treatment processes at the Summit Water Treatment Plant to reduce the level of geosmin in the water.    
    Our testing shows no algae has been detected in the network and it has been completely removed as part of our normal treatment process.
    If our customers have any questions or concerns, please contact us on 1300 SA WATER.
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  • 28/04/2017
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    Estimated restore time (water back on): 02/05/2017 04:00 PM

    We’re committed to improving your services and are undertaking maintenance work in Morphett Vale. Water supply in the surrounding area may be impacted during the above times. Traffic restrictions may also apply.

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