Local school children have taken part in workshops at Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water’s Cilfynydd Education Centre to learn a valuable lesson about the problems associated with sewer abuse.
Pupils from Coedpenmaen Primary and Cwmdare Primary schools were invited to the centre to carry out workshops linked to Welsh Water’s ‘Let’s Stop the Block’ campaign.
The day consisted of a tour of the wastewater treatment works at Cynon where pupils were able to see for themselves how wastewater is treated. During the afternoon, the children participated in a number of hands-on activities and games to learn about some of the common items that people flush down the toilet, including cotton buds, nappies and wipes.
Last year, Welsh Water’s education team taught approximately 12,500 pupils in its operating area to promote its ‘Let’s Stop the Block’ campaign, which educates customers about the issues it has to deal with caused by people putting the wrong things down toilets and drains.
Sharon Phillips, Welsh Water’s Peripatetic Education Officer, who delivered the sessions said: “This was a fantastic opportunity to teach our future customers how their actions can have a direct impact on the environment.
“By educating children from a young age about what items are acceptable to put down the toilet and drains, we hope we will have fewer problems in the future.”
Indie Morgan, a year 4 pupil at Cwmdare Primary School said: “The whole day was really interesting and good fun. Sharon taught us that it costs Welsh Water a lot of money each year to unblock sewers so I now know how important it is not to flush things like cotton buds down the toilet.”
Welsh Water’s Environmental Education service provides year round activities free of charge. All lessons fully integrate the new skills curriculum through a ‘hands on’ practical approach to thinking and learning. The Education Centres currently provide lessons to around 14,000 pupils a year across Wales as well as a further 15,000 through outreach in schools.
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 ‘non-shareholder 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.