Although most of the earth is covered in water, only one per cent of it is actually drinkable. That was just one water-wise fact pupils at Jordanstown School learnt about when they took part in NI Water’s ‘Water Conservation - Spread The Word’ schools initiative.
Many schools across Northern Ireland took part in the scheme, which was aimed at spreading the water conservation message through school children and their parents. Each pupil received a home audit sheet to fill in at home which measured how much water they used and wasted.
Jane Jackson, NI Water’s Environmental Education Manager, recently visited Jordanstown School to present staff and pupils with a waterbutt to help them with their water conservation efforts.
“NI Water places great importance on educating young people in the vital role water plays in our lives. This initiative is another innovative way of doing just that. Children take home the message of saving water and develop good habits such as turning off the tap when they brush their teeth. Whilst learning themselves, the children are actually teaching their parents as well,” Jane explained.
“Schools that returned 75 per cent or more of their completed water audits receive a free waterbutt, and this is a great way to encourage children to save water.”
Any local primary schools that are interested in participating in the ‘Water Conservation – Spread the Word’ scheme can email NI Water’s Education Team on firstname.lastname@example.org