The national Adopt-a-River has grown out of the Department of Water and Environment Affairs River Health Programme through which the health of river systems in South Africa are assessed and monitored. The aim of the Adopt-a-River project is to educate and capacitate both school educators and learners with the necessary skills, understanding and passion to monitor the ecological health of nearby river systems. The overall aim though is much broader; that is to instil in the learners (and through them their community) an understanding of the importance of water and the urgent need for its conservation and sustainable use. This successful program is run by NVT at Crags Primary (since 2009) and at Coldstream Primary (since 2010). The ultimate goal of the project is the assurance of the future availability of safe drinking water for all community members.