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Pontyclun Primary school wins £1500 worth of science equipment thanks to Welsh Water

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Pontyclun Primary School has recently won £1500 worth of science equipment in a competition organised by Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water.

Local customer Fiona Fallen entered the competition by pledging her support online for Welsh Water’s ‘Let’s Stop the Block’ campaign, winning science equipment for a school of her choice.

Welsh Water launched the competition last year in conjunction with its sewer abuse campaign, which educates its customers about the problems associated with putting the wrong things down the toilets and drains. The company currently tackles approximately 2,000 blockages each month caused by items such as cotton buds, wet wipes, fats and oils.

Andy Harris, Head of Wastewater networks at Welsh Water presented the cheque to pupils at Pontyclun Primary School during an assembly which was followed by a hands-on workshop with pupils from years 5 and 6 at the school on the same theme.

Sharon Phillips, Peripatetic Education Officer at Welsh Water, who delivered the workshop said: “The workshops are a fun and interactive opportunity to educate our future customers about the issues associated with sewer abuse. We hope that by teaching pupils at a young age, this important message will stay with them for life, resulting in fewer problems in the future.”

Hugh Roberts, Headteacher at Pontyclun Primary School said: “We are really excited to have won this competition and would like to thank Welsh Water and Fiona Fallen for nominating our school. The campaign is a fantastic way to raise awareness of this ongoing issue so we’ll do all we can in school to promote the message.”

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.

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