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Make Every Drop Count

20 April 2018 14:40

Make Every Drop Count

NI Water is reminding schools the deadline for its school competition, Every Drop Counts, is Friday 4 May 2018.   

 

This year’s theme is the importance of water both in our own homes and in developing countries.

 

Pat McCauley, NI Water’s Outreach and Learning Officer comments, “Each day NI Water provides 570 million litres of fresh drinking water and takes away 340 million litres of wastewater, ensuring everyone has access to safe clean water and sanitation. 

 

“This is our chance to come together to raise awareness of the water, sanitation and hygiene crisis in developing countries. When a community in a developing country receives clean water for the first time, it creates a powerful ripple, saving lives and improving people’s health, education and livelihoods. They make ‘every drop count’ and so should we.  That is why we decided to theme our annual schools competition around saving water.

 

“In Northern Ireland, our average daily consumption is 153 litres of water – we have more than enough to meet our needs, however, it can make us wasteful.

 

“The competition asks children to design a poster about the importance of saving water and the little things they can do every day to make sure ‘every drops counts’. Small steps such as turning the tap off when you brush your teeth or fixing dripping taps can make a huge difference.”

 

The competition is open to KS2 pupils in all primary schools in Northern Ireland, with a category for Special Needs Schools. Prize money for each category is up for grabs along with a goody bag for each winning pupil presented at an awards ceremony at NI Water’s Wastewater Heritage Centre in Belfast in June 2018.

 

Further information and details of how to enter, are available by contacting the education team at education@niwater.com or visit https://www.niwater.com/competition/ The entry deadline is Friday 4th May 2018.

 

NI Water works closely with the charity WaterAid visit www.wateraid.org to find out how you can take part to help end the water and sanitation crisis and donate.

 

ENDS

 

Prize money for the winning schools:-

Primary schools in each age category, P5, P6 and P7

First prize- £250, Second prize- £150, Third place- £100

Special Needs category:

First prize- £250, Second prize- £150, Third place- £100

 

Each winning pupil will receive a “goody bag” and certificate and will be invited to an awards ceremony at NI Water’s Wastewater Heritage Centre, Belfast in June 2018. 

 

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