Community support

We take great pride in our role in the prosperity of our region and the wellbeing of our community. That’s why we’ve established a number of community support and partnership programs.

We support a wide range of partners within our service region, including community events, not-for-profit organisations, cafés and restaurants, schools, sports teams and surf lifesaving clubs.

We’re proud to be a member of the Choose Tap coalition. Choose Tap is all about promoting tap water as the best hydration choice for your health, hip-pocket and the environment, not expensive and over-packaged bottled water (or worse: sweet, sugary drinks!).

Community events: hydration stations

We have two large mobile ‘hydration stations’ to provide free drinking water at local community festivals, concerts and sporting events.

Things to know

  • Your event must be within Barwon Water’s service region
  • The hydration station must be connected to our water supply system (it can’t be connected to a private line or a tanker)
  • We require at least 4 weeks’ notice for all bookings. This enables us to assess the site and arrange an independent water quality test at the point of connection
  • Preference will be given to community, not-for-profit and charity events
  • Other terms and conditions apply.

Request a hydration station for your community event (PDF 57.2 KB)

Community groups and not-for-profit organisations

We supply re-usable plastic water bottles to community and not-for-profit organisations, for use at community events within our region.

Our 800 mL bottles are Australian made, BPA-free and fully recyclable.

Contact us to request water bottles for your community or not-for-profit group.

Sporting clubs

We provide 800 mL ‘squirt-top’ bottles to our local football, netball, cricket, basketball and other sporting teams. Bottles are Australian made, BPA-free and fully recyclable.

Teams can apply annually. Please contact us to request water bottles for your sporting club.

Restaurants and cafés

We provide one-litre glass bottles to restaurants and cafés that serve free tap water to patrons.

Contact us to request glass water bottles for your restaurant or café.

Schools

As part of our education program, we provide local school students within our service region with re-usable water bottles, specially designed for kids.

The bottles are available to all foundation (prep) students at the start of each school year, and to other groups as part of our education program. Contact us to request water bottles for your school.

Surf lifesaving clubs

Our region encompasses the famous surf coast and is home to 12 surf lifesaving clubs.

We’re proud to partner with these volunteer-led community organisations. We provide clubs in our service region with essential lifesaving equipment on a rotational basis.

If you represent a local surf lifesaving club, contact us to find out more.


WaterAid

Our business provides clean drinking water and safe sanitation services in the local region, and we’re invested in those same services in the developing world.

Did you know…?

  • 1 in 9 people worldwide don’t have clean water close to home
  • 1 in 3 people worldwide don’t have access to a decent toilet of their own
  • Every two minutes, a child under 5 dies due to diarrhoea caused by dirty water or poor toilets
  • Every $1 invested in water and toilets returns an average of $4 in increased productivity.

WaterAid Australia works with some of the world’s poorest people for helping them to improve their lives with access to clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene.

We’re pleased to be a long-standing partner of WaterAid Australia, having supported the charity with fundraising and awareness campaigns since it was formed in 2004.

Want to help? Donate to WaterAid today

Give Where You Live

We care about our community, and are committed to supporting those in need close to home.

Give Where You Live aims to solve one of the most complex and entrenched social issues in our community: disadvantage.

Barwon Water is a gold partner of Give Where You Live, and we’re proud of our long-standing support through the workplace giving and loaned executive programs.

Want to make a difference? Learn more about Give Where You Live

Geelong Cats in the Community: Djilang program

We are proud partners of the Cats in the Community ‘Djilang’ program that encourages cultural connection for young Aboriginal peoples.

As part of Close the Gap, the Djilang program works with community members to empower young Aboriginal peoples from across the Barwon region. The program is offered after school and provides connection, exploration and celebration of Aboriginal culture.