This project won a Jacobs $5000 mentorship award at WIL Australia.
Communities lack understanding around the future of Melbourne’s drinking water supply and recycled water. How can communities be aware, informed and acceptant of alternative drinking water supply? FirstDrop is an awareness tool that permits a shift in attitudes towards drinking recycled water once the urgency, need, and science behind it is better understood via what is shared through this platform. It brings a future problem forward at the community level in a rational, relaxed way and engages community to take ownership of a future problem by actively seeking the solution in collaboration with the water utilities, without waiting for a high stress event to spark discussion.