Children learn to use water wisely

Children learn to use water wisely

11.06.2014

More than 1700 children from schools across Northumberland and North Tyneside have discovered how they could help save water as part of a major water conservation campaign.

Picture: Pupils Hayden Shepherd and Yasmin Ducke from Wooler First School.

Northumbrian Water (NW) helped to educate pupils about using water wisely at the 10th anniversary of the Glendale Agricultural Society’s Children’s Countryside Day on Thursday June 5, 2014.

The utility company has pledged to help hundreds of homes and local businesses in Glendale and Wooler to save water and slash their energy bills as part of a three month water efficiency drive.

Clair Cooper, demand planning project manager at NW, said: “We’re passionate about helping local communities save water and educating future generations is a key priority for this campaign.

“Our street teams will be touring several events this summer and the Children’s Countryside Day was the first. We were inundated with children eager to take part in our interactive water saving activities which can help them to learn first hand how much water they can save and why it′s so important.”

As well as interactive games, children at the event in Glendale watched NW’s ‘Little Green Riding Hood,’ an educational show that tells the story of Mr Wolf leaving on taps and wasting water. With the help of granny, Mr Wolf learns how to change his water wasting ways.

Hayden Shepherd (pictured), aged 8, from Wooler First School, said: “I learnt lots about how to save water at home. You shouldn′t leave the tap running when you clean your teeth and you should only be in the shower for five minutes.”
Each of the children also received free water saving products from NW including a toothy timer and toothbrush to remind them to turn off the tap when brushing their teeth.

Neil Wilson, asset development manager for the Glendale Gateway Trust, said: “We are really keen to help the whole scheme get off to a good start.

“We have already benefited from audits to our properties and our commercial and housing tenants are all on metered supplies which can cut their water bills, as well as contributing to saving water in general. We would encourage residents in Glendale to get involved as soon as possible.”

For more information contact Clair Cooper on 0191 301 5579.

For media enquiries contact Janine Scott on 0191 301 6713 or janine.scott@nwl.co.uk.

Change of habit Saving per property per day
Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth 30.7 litres
Shower rather than bathe 25 litres
Use a bowl when hand washing dishes 17.5 litres
Take shorter showers 17 litres
Use a bowl when personal washing 11.8 litres
Repair dripping taps 8.9 litres
Use full loads in washing machines 8.3 litres
Use a bowl when washing food 6.5 litres
Use water resourcefully in the garden 2 litres
Use full loads in dishwashers 3.8 litres

Order free water saving products: https://www.nwl.co.uk/your-home/saving-water/product-offers.aspx

More information on the water environment around Wooler can be found in the Solway Tweed River Basin Management Plan (http://www.sepa.org.uk/water/river_basin_planning.aspx)

Quotes from other pupils from Wooler First School:

"If you have a glass of water and you don′t drink it all you should put in the fridge and drink it later, not tip it down the sink." Amy Moore, Age 9.

"I′ve told my mum she must remember to wait until we have a full load of washing before we put it on." Max Murray John, Age 8.

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