Children’s performer Chris Lam Sam flew in from Wellington last week to teach Cambridge children about saving water through the Smart Water campaign, which aims to change how water is used and viewed. Smart Water coordinator Michelle Templeton joined Chris on Wednesday for his visit to an early childhood centre in Pirongia, and Bunnies Licensed Childcare and Pre-School in Cambridge.
“It’s a pilot this year to see how we go, and if successful we’ll roll it out to more centres next year,” said Michelle, adding that it had indeed been successful thus far.
“We really want them to think about their water usage,” Chris Lam Sam said during his visit to Bunnies. “We really want the kids to focus on not wasting water at home, and a lot of that would happen through taps, because taps are fascinating. You turn it on and water just gushes out, it’s this event, it’s this opportunity to play, but actually what we want to do is remind children that water is precious, turn it off, and if you don’t need it turn it off then save it so everyone can share it.”
During his visit, Chris taught the children about where water comes from, how important it is and how they can save on water, namely by turning off leaky taps and turning off the tap when brushing their teeth.
“Water is precious,” said Chris.
Waipa residents use an average of 250 litres of water each day, 26 more litres than Hamilton City’s average.