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Launch of Schools’ Competition- ‘The Clue is in the Loo’

06 January 2014 16:50

 | NI Water News
This is a handy tip for this year’s budding artists as NI Water launches its annual schools competition.

The theme of this year’s competition is ‘Stop Internal Flooding’ and is open to all primary five to seven pupils across Northern Ireland. Pupils are being asked to draw a poster of how to prevent flooding in the home as a result of blocked toilets, sinks or frozen pipes.

Jane Jackson, NI Water’s Environmental Education Manager commented:

“NI Water is delighted to have joined forces this year with a number of important stakeholders including the Department of Regional Development, to launch this year’s annual school’s art competition.

“Each year, homes are damaged as a result of inappropriate items being flushed down the toilet or washed down the sink and it is something that is easily preventable. Simply flushing toilet roll and nothing else will ensure your home stays blockage free. Likewise, fat, oil and grease should never be poured down the sink.

“The same common sense approach applies to avoiding frozen pipes. Simple steps such as lagging your water pipes, including the outside tap, can save you the future heartache of dealing with the aftermath of a burst pipe.

“We are asking pupils to get creative and draw a picture to tell others how to prevent internal flooding in homes and its effects. With fantastic prizes in each year group for first, second and third place, I would encourage as many pupils and schools as possible to get involved.”

NI Water is proud to be working alongside DRD and other stakeholders, including CCNI, NIHE, Marine Conservation Society, Tidy NI and the Department of the Environment, to spread this important message.

The closing date for the competition is Friday 28 March 2014.  For further information and details on how to enter, log on to

The winning entries will also feature in DRD’s Long-term Water Strategy.

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