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Play Safe, Stay Safe in the Ravenhill Area

14 May 2021 12:49

 | NI Water News

NI Water and Geda Construction recently visited Park School to deliver a “Play Safe” message in light of the current nearby construction work on the £7 million Ravenhill Avenue Flood Alleviation Project. Our message included the contractor’s own Health & Safety mascot GEDA Goodbear reminding the pupils to ‘Be Aware & Take Good Care!’   NI Water’s David McClean (left) is pictured with Aisling Henry from Geda Construction and pupils from Park School.

The team have some simple steps on how to stay safe:

  1. Don’t climb on barriers and fences - They are there to protect you from serious injury and accidents when construction work is going on.
  2. Stay away from trenches and open manholes - They are dirty, deep and dangerous. They may also contain hazardous gases.
  3. Be careful near roads - never run out from behind parked vans or lorries as you could be knocked down and injured.
  4. Keep clear of equipment - You may see diggers, lorries, pipes and other equipment, but don’t be tempted - steer clear and don’t touch!
  5. Obey ‘Danger’ signs – Construction sites can be very dangerous places, so stay well away and always obey the warning signs.

The school also received a water butt and water bottles as part of their participation in the safety talk. As pupils return to the classroom, many schools are seeking to improve their outdoor learning environments to enhance pupil wellbeing alongside improving the sustainability of the school grounds.

Water butts are a great way of collecting rainwater, which can then be used to water plants encouraging pupils to save water and look after the natural environment. We get plenty of rain in Northern Ireland but this rainwater has to be cleaned at our treatment works before it goes into the taps. Using a water butt to catch the rain is just one way we can all have play a part to ensure there's enough water for everyone now and in the future.

You’d be surprised how much water we all use on a daily basis, 155 litres per person sounds like a lot, however, much of that is sent back down the drain. Why not get water fit and try our new online water audit at to see just how water wise you are and receive free water saving items such as 4 minute shower timers, leaky loo strips and toothy timers for the little one.   

If you are a teacher and would like to avail of NI Water’s new virtual lessons, contact the education team at   

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