Year 11 pupils from Lismore’s Trinity College (from left) Olivia Ware, Maia Mitchell, Freya Barber and Gabrielle Wood open the skies over Rous Water’s Richmond and Brunswick Catchment Model.
Year 11 pupils from Lismore’s Trinity College (from left) Olivia Ware, Maia Mitchell, Freya Barber and Gabrielle Wood open the skies over Rous Water’s Richmond and Brunswick Catchment Model. Cathy Adams

Water model not a waste

CHOCOLATE sprinkles will be used to educate students on the Northern Rivers about the region’s water catchment systems.

The sprinkles, representing human waste, are flushed down a tiny toilet, part of Rous Water’s Richmond and Brunswick Catchment Model, to demonstrate the waste cycle.

The sprinkles wash into a water treatment system and eventually make their way into the model’s river network.

The model represents a beachside town comprising a composite of geographical features from across the Northern Rivers catchment.

It shows how the water catchment process works and demonstrates examples of good management and poor.

Richmond River County Council flood plane services manager, Michael Wood, said the model demonstrated how people had an impact in water systems.

“It shows the right practices and ones which are not so good,” he said.

The model includes a house which is being undermined because it has been built on a sand dune.

“Sea levels rising can affect houses if they are built in the wrong spot,” Mr Wood said.

The model also simulates good and poor catchment management in both industrial and agricultural settings.

“We want people to understand we have an impact on water,” Mr Wood said.

Understanding and improving the water catchment is important in maintaining good quality water supplies, he said.

The model will be taken to schools in the Northern Rivers free of charge and used to help change people’s behaviour.

Year 11 Trinity College Lismore student Freya Barber said the model was a great way to learn about managing water systems.

“It’s a good perspective from above,” Freya said.

The model will be also on display at local shopping centres throughout the region.

Rous Water has also developed an online educational tool available at their website:

www.rouswater.nsw.gov.au/catchmentmodel.

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