Welsh Water shares the wonders of water with Ysgol y Llan puplis
The pupils were visited by the company’s education officer who helped them learn about how Welsh Water collects and cleans water before it travels through miles and miles of pipes to reach customers’ homes and businesses. They also learnt about how the waste water is collected and cleaned before being returned to the environment.
The visit came as part of the work the company is carrying out in Whitford to upgrade the drinking water network.The work forms part of a £6 million investment project the company is undertaking which will ensure customers in North East Wales continue to receive a first class drinking water supply for many years to come.
To help the children really understand how the not-for-profit water company gets the water to their homes, the year three to six pupils took part in a workshop where they were able to act as Welsh Water network engineers and had the task of planning and building a model network. They then had to test it worked – and didn’t leak - by flowing water through it. They also had to measure and calculate the cost of building the network to make sure they stayed within their budget.
Welsh Water’s Education Officer, Arfona Evans, said: “The children enjoyed themselves because they got to build a water network with pipes leading from the water treatment works to houses. As well as being great fun, it also made them think about how important it is to make sure the network is working efficiently to keep the water flowing which reflects the important work we are doing in the area at the moment. The water cycle is such a fascinating thing and it’s great to see the children’s reaction when they realise that the water we use today has been around for hundreds, if not thousands of years”.
Mr Griffiths, Head Teacher at Ysgol y Llan, said: “It really was an excellent morning for the children and it was a pleasure to see them so engaged in the workshop. The smiles on the children’s faces said it all. Working as a team and applying skills is very important, so it was great for the children to see all the hard work that goes into treating the water and how the work taking place in the area will provide us with great water for years to come.”