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More than 100,000 children learn about the water industry

More than 100,000 schoolchildren have been given an insight into how Thames Water deals with water and waste for millions of customers through its education programme over the last five years.

The scheme, which operates from seven education centres based at Thames Water sites or through visits to schools by speakers, helps youngsters understand how the company works to provide clean and wastewater services across London and the Thames Valley.  

They learn about the water cycle, how water supports life and how to care for such a precious resource as well as the impacts of flushing the wrong things down the loo. Sessions include interactive games and exercises such as the “Network Challenge”, where students can plan, build and test their own water supply network to meets the demands of a fictional town.

The children are offered tours of some operational sites, including sewage treatment works, as well as the chance to attend science and engineering challenges across London and the Thames Valley.

The company also works with community partners including the London Wildlife Trust at Walthamstow Wetlands and the London Museum of Water and Steam.

Thames Water’s education manager Paul Hampton said: “Our education programme enables us to teach the next generation all about the vital work we do to keep their taps and toilets flowing as well as encouraging them to be water savers and giving them a behind the scenes glimpse at our sites.

“We’re delighted to have reached so many youngsters and hopefully we’ve inspired a few to work in the water industry, maybe even for Thames Water, in the future.

“We’ll continue to engage with children through school visits and events at our sites.”

Thames Water reached the milestone figure at the end of last year after a visit from a local primary school to the company’s new education centre at Deephams sewage works in Enfield.

Author: Alec Peachey,
Topic: Skills & workforce
Tags: Thames Water , schools , wastewater , London

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