‘Water’ lotta fun at St Mary’s Rathlin school

NI Water’s Education Team recently paid a visit to St. Mary’s Primary School on Rathlin Island.

During the visit, the children were introduced to H20, a water drop figure and mascot for the programme to help them learn about water and to understand the importance of water conservation.

The children also learnt what NI Water does to clean the water and how sewage is treated.

NI Water’s Environmental Education Manager, Jane Jackson said: “NI Water places great importance on educating young people in the vital role water plays in our lives.

“This is a fun and interactive way for children to learn about the water cycle, why water is essential for good health and how they can help to conserve this precious resource.

“Our school visits are very popular and we are delighted that the work we do is of value to today’s pupils and our future generation of water users.”

“The programme is aimed at Key Stage 1 and 2 and designed to complement a key element of the Northern Ireland Primary Curriculum - the ‘World Around Us’.

A teachers’ learning pack, with further classroom activities is available to download from www.niwater.com/education.

Northern Ireland Water is a Government Owned Company (GoCo), set up in April 2007 to provide the water and sewerage services in Northern Ireland.

That means they supply 560 million litres of clean water a day for almost 1.8 million people.

They also treat 320 million litres of wastewater a day.

In order to deliver this service NI Water require a huge system of pipes, pumping stations, water and wastewater treatment works and reservoirs.

There are 26,700 kilometres of watermains and 15,200 kilometres of sewers in Northern Ireland.

Though most of the time this system works well, NI Water say they are planning a lot of investment over the next few years to ensure that we protect public health and the environment for generations to come.

In fact, by 2020 they are planning to invest £3 billion that will reduce leakage levels, lower the threats of flooding and improve water and wastewater quality.