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Human beings cannot survive more than 3 days without any source of water.

  • Water resources are challenged in our world today due to pollution and overuse of the local resources.
  • Learn more about water conservation and the management of this valuable resource with this important and detailed course on water management and conservation.

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The world does not have sufficient water of adequate quality for the current population and with increasing pressure on this resource the situation is set to get worse.

  • Learn to better understand water -appreciate its value, understand it's characteristics, and explore solutions for its management.
  • Learn to manage water for improved sustainability at home or work
  • This is a valuable course for farmers, horticulturists, plumbers, irrigation industry staff, environmentalists, etc.


A 100 hour course comprising 10 lessons.

1. Introduction to water conservation

  • Importance of water.
  • The water cycle rainfall, evaporation, infiltration, effective rainfall.
  • Water sources and storage water quality.
  • Facts on water uses water use at home, in primary and other industries.
  • Why conserve water personal, regional and global significance.

2. Water conservation at home

  • In Australia.
  • In the United Kingdom.
  • In the United States.
  • Measures undertaken to save water in the home in the kitchen, bathroom and in the garden.
  • Water Saving Devices.

3. Water conservation in the workplace

  • General principles.
  • Implementing water saving strategies.
  • Installing small appliances.
  • Large water saving devices.

4. Water management

  • Water quality maintaining water quality, salinity, chemical contaminants.
  • Controlling Use and Quality of Water water flow measurement, water quality control, testing water salinity.
  • Preserving Water Quality minimising evaporation, water sanitation.
  • Water Audits.
  • Water Management Plans.

5. Water conservation in Primary Production I

  • Water Saving Measures.
  • Water Wise Plants.
  • Water Wise Procedures.
  • Water Wise Irrigation systems.
  • Water Wise Landscaping.
  • Equipment, structures and tools to save water.

6. Water conservation in Primary Production II

  • Use of water in primary production.
  • Methods of water storage.
  • Rainwater collection and storage.
  • Bore water.
  • Farm dams planning, lined ponds.
  • Water Requirements livestock requirements, domestic requirements.
  • Water Quality.
  • Water Problems on Farms contamination and disposal of water, evaporation, seepage, runoff, overspray, scheduling.
  • Using Farm Waste Water.
  • Irrigation System Design.
  • Maintenance Procedures and Scheduling.
  • Surface/Flood Irrigation.
  • Sprinkler Irrigation.
  • Swales and Keylines.

7. Water conservation in Services industries

  • Use of Water in Services Industry.
  • Contamination and Disposal of Water.
  • Reduce/Reuse/Recycle.

8. Water conservation and Health

  • Hospitals, nursing homes, laundries, clinical laboratories, dental practices, human and animal research facilities.
  • Uses of water in Health Industry control pathogens, general use.
  • Water minimisation.
  • Water efficiency.

9. Water conservation in other sectors

  • Use of water in manufacturing, construction and heavy industry.
  • Water use in the production process.
  • Examples of water using activities in food facilities.
  • Water holding.
  • Benefits of cleaner production.

10. Water treatment, reuse and recycling

  • Water Sanitation filtering and disinfection.
  • Water Reuse and Recycling classification and composition of waste water.
  • Recycling Wastewater.
  • Wastewater treatment.
  • Suitable plants.
  • Treating saline water.

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.


  • Explain the importance of water in the world and the reasons for its sustainable conservation and management.
  • Explain the importance of water conservation and methods to save water at the workplace.
  • Explain the importance of water conservation and methods to save water at home.
  • Explain water flow and quality control.
  • Explain water audits and water management plans.
  • Explain the importance of water conservation and methods to save water in Horticulture
  • Explain the importance of water conservation and methods to save water in Agriculture.
  • Explain the importance of water conservation and methods to save water in the Services Industry.
  • Explain the importance of water conservation and methods to save water in the Health Industry and allied services.
  • Explain the importance of water conservation and methods to save water in other occupations.
  • Explain water sanitation and wastewater treatment methods and the difference with water reuse and recycling.

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Meet some of our academics

Bob James (Environmental)Bob has a unique set of qualifications and experience having worked in applied biological and environmental sciences for more than 50 years. He holds a string of tertiary qualifications in animal, plant and environmental sciences; including a Masters Degree in Environmental Science. He has worked as a tutor with ACS since 1995. Bob has worked as a teacher, research scientist and consultant for both government and private enterprise undertaking jobs ranging from environmental surveys to waste disposal.
Barbara Seguel B.Sc. M.Sc.Agricultural science graduate, biologist, marine scientist, aquaculturist and educator. Barbara has worked on farms, in ecotourism, education and publishing. She is widely travelled, having been educated in both California and Chile; and having worked in Hawaii, Mexico, Chile, New Zealand, and Australia.
Dr. Gareth PearceGraduated from the University of Nottingham in 1982 with a B.Sc.(Hons) in Animal Science. Between 82 and 85 worked as Research Assistant and Demonstator in Animal Science at the University of Leeds. Over more than 30 years he has furthered his studies, obtaining eight significant university qualifications including degrees in Veterinary Science, Wildlife Conservation and Animal Behaviour. Gareth has significant teaching experience around the world as a faculty member at eight different universities including Associate Professor at Murdoch University and Director of Studies in Veterinary Science at Cambridge University. He has over 100 prestigious research papers published, and enjoys an outstanding international reputation in the fields of animal and veterinary science.
Yvonne Sharpe (Horticulturist)Started gardening in 1966, studied a series of horticulture qualifications throughout the 1980's and 90's, culminating in an RHS Master of Horticulture. Between 89 and 1994, she worked teaching in horticultural therapy. Founded the West Herts Garden Association in 1990 and exhibited at Chelsea Flower Show in 1991. In 1994, Yvonne joined the staff at Oaklands College, and between 1996 and 2000 was coordinator for all Amenity Horticulture courses at that college. Since leaving Oakland she has been active as a horticultural consultant, retail garden centre proprietor and sessional lecturer (across many colleges in southern England). In 2000, she also completed a Diploma in Management.

Check out our eBooks

Water GardeningThis book is designed to inspire and educate presenting you with a wide range of possibilities and at the same time, raising your awareness and understanding of how water can be used in any size garden to add interest, coolness and life.
Human NutritionBoth a text for students, or an informative read for anyone who wants to eat better. While covering the basics, the book approaches nutrition a little differently here to some other books, with sections covering ”Modifying diet according to Genetic Disposition or Lifestyle”, “How to find Reliable Information on Nutrition” and “Understanding how Diet relates to Different Parts of the Body” (including Urinary, Digestive, Respiratory and Circulatory System, the Brain, etc). This ebook was written to complement the ACS Nutrition I course, and provides a solid foundation for anyone wanting to grasp a fundamental understanding of Human Nutrition.
Organic GardeningFor decades farmers have relied upon chemicals to control pests and diseases in order to produce saleable crops. In the ornamental, vegetable and fruit gardens reliance on chemical controls has also been the mainstay for many gardeners.
Commercial HydroponicsThe Commercial Hydroponics ebook is ideal for students, professional horticulturalists and those who want to build a strong foundation knowledge in hydroponics. The commercial hydroponics ebook explains how to set up a commercial hydroponics system, including growing techniques and equipment that you will need. The topics covered in this book include an introduction to hydroponics, site considerations, alternatives, plant nutrition, nutrient film technique culture, rockwool culture, aggregate culture, other techniques, hydroponics equipment, greenhouse operation, plant culture in hydroponics, Vegetable crops, berry and other fruit crops, flower crops, other crops, managing a commercial hydroponic farm and a troubleshooting guide.