Meet the Pollutants

Meet the Pollutants aims to teach kids about water pollution

Learn about the damage it does to our waterways and how you can help

For Kids

For Educators


Character Profiles


Feature Pollutant – Rus


Pollutant: Phosphorus

Source: Wastewater and fertilizer

What you can do: Reduce fertilizer use on lawns and gardens



Rus, short for Phosphorus, is a messy and sensitive nutrient, and too much of it can really upset our waterways. Rus is caused by human activities like land clearing, riverbank destruction and careless dumping of toxic materials. High levels of this pollutant in our rivers and creeks means algae will grow faster than the waterway can handle.



Books > for purchase

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Profits from the sale of these books will help fund our cleanup program

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> Colouring-In Book




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Posters > for download

Download these posters for your classroom






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> Download Poster #2


Factsheets > for download

Learn about the nasty gang of pollutants destroying our waterways






> Download Factsheets


Display Models > for loan











If you would like to borrow our collection of hand crafted models for an event please get in touch


Merchandise > for purchase







Order some cool Meet the Pollutants merchandise and help spread the word about waterway pollution

> Order your merchandise here

Profits from the sales will help fund our cleanup program


Images > for download

Download these image sets and create your own teaching resources.

These images can be used under a Creative Commons 4.0 License







>Download Part1








>Download Part 2



Information Packs > for schools and potential partners

> Download Information Pack for Schools


> Download Information Pack for Potential Partners



Many thanks to Siobhan Skipworth who brought these characters to life

Special thanks to those people who have generously donated their time to the campaign including Scott Browning, Thomas Csere, Sarah Francis, Purnima Periwal and Elissa O’Malley

Please get in touch if you would like to know more about the campaign or would like to partner with Water by Design to help spread the word about water pollution or 07) 3177 9100

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