Resources for teachers

who we areWho We Are and What We Do

A comprehensive booklet about MidCoast Water Services and our operations.

Available on the Who We Are and What We Do page.





Getting to know the Manning River: a brief for primary school teachers

A four page introductory document about the Manning River and some of the issues it faces, with sample class questions/ discussion prompts at the end.

Download PDF (400 KB)


About the Manning River Catchment - an extract from Working With Our Catchment

A six page document outlining features of the catchment; including a description, landuse and tenure, morphology, soils and geology, climate, and hydrology.

Download PDF (1 MB)

Download the full document on the Manning River catchment page.


Water supply and sewer operations posters

Colourful posters showing how drinking water gets to our homes and what happens to it after we've used it.

Download PDF (300 KB)



Learn with Whizzy

Learn with Whizzy

A booklet of fun education activities for primary aged children.

Available on the Resources for students page.


water audit template for schools 

Water audit template for schools

Suitable for high school and late primary, used for students to track where water is being used in the school and identify leaks and where water can be saved. Some of the links below have other templates.

Download PDF (1.3 MB)


Explore the Manning catchment using Google Maps:

Maps prepared by MidCoast Water Services, for education purposes only:

Manning Catchment water sourceMap Great Lakes drinking water catchmentsMap manning catchmentMap manning satelliteMap Manning basicMap Taree aerialMap Taree basic labelledMap Taree basic not labelledMap Taree contours

Teachers notes for the Manning River map package

Designed for high school teachers, the full Manning River map package is available on CD by request. There are two additional maps showing groundwater and groundwater dependent ecosystems, and wetlands which have been prepared by Hunter Local Land Services.

Download PDF (440 KB)



MidCoast Water Services YouTube channel


Climate data and maps: Australian Bureau of Meteorology
Hint: to get maps for your desired time period select 'maps - recent conditions', then which parameter you're interested in, then choose your map, period and area and click next to 'archive'. It will come up with a date range to select.


River flow data: NSW Water Information
Hint: A useful gauge on the Manning River is '208004 Manning @ Killawarra'. Once on the page for the station select the 'Custom Outputs' tab to choose your date range. Several stations also measure turbidity (muddyness). These include 'Gloucester Doon Ayre', 'Nowendoc Rocks Xing', 'Barnard @ Barry', and 'Barnard Measure Weir'.

See also: Catchment information centre


Note that MidCoast Water Services has provided these links in good faith but takes no responsibility for their content.

NSW Waterwatch manuals
A step by step guide to investigating the health of your catchment, with worksheets and lesson plans. See also Waterwatch.

Stormwater teaching guide - NSW Office of Environment and Heritage
Lesson plans for learning about stormwater in your local area, with links to the NSW curriculum. Compliments the Waterwatch program.