16/10/2012

Local pupils see how climate change affects their home town

Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water’s Cilfynydd education centre has welcomed pupils from Llansawel Primary School in Briton Ferry to learn how climate change is having a direct impact on their local area.

The lesson, which covers how climate change can affect rainfall and increase flooding, also focused on how the investment work needed to resolve these flooding issues can lead to road closures and traffic disruption in their area.

The lesson came as Welsh Water continues to work on the £4.3 million Briton Ferry Flood Alleviation Scheme, implementing wastewater network improvements in the area to reduce the risk of flooding of local properties.

Ian Laite, head teacher at Llansawel Primary, said, “The visit to the education centre is a great way for the pupils to learn about the role of Welsh Water and how its work is affecting their community. The staff managed to apply the vital message of climate change to the pupils’ home town and each child responded well to this form of education.”

Welsh Water’s education manager Claire Roberts said, “The activities demonstrated how the climate is changing and the problems that Welsh Water faces as a result of that, whilst also helping the youngsters play a part in becoming responsible citizens for the future. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the pupils and residents in the area for their patience while this essential work is carried out.”

The flood alleviation scheme in Briton Ferry is progressing well and the new sewer main has been completed along Shelone Road and Church Street. The new pumping station being constructed behind Hearne Street is nearing completion, and work has now begun on the outfall.

Welsh Water's Environmental Education centres provide year round activities free of charge. All lessons fully integrate the new skills curriculum through a ‘hands on’ practical approach to thinking and learning.

Welsh Water delivers vital messages to inform, develop and promote a greater understanding of current issues relating to Education for Sustainable Development through the outdoor teaching and learning opportunities offered at its centres.

Welsh Water is investing heavily and working hard to ensure top quality services to all the communities it serves. The company is investing £1.5 billion in its water and sewerage network between 2010 and 2015.

It is a ‘not-for-profit company’ which has been owned by Glas Cymru since 2001. Welsh Water does not have shareholders, and any financial surpluses are reinvested in the business for the benefit of customers.

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