Water Education

Water is amazing. Without it, there would be no life and our planet would be a completely different place. But how much do you really know about it?

Explore the water network

Water goes on a remarkable journey so you can drink it from your tap. The water that leaves your home or school through sinks, baths and toilets also needs to be made safe.

Learn about the stages water goes through with our interactive pages, or download a printable version.

From cloud to glass

A lot goes into making sure our water is safe to drink. Explore what your water goes through before it gets to your tap.

Follow the journey

From drain to sea

Wastewater comes from human waste, soaps and detergents. Discover how it becomes clean and safe to go back into the sea, rivers or lakes.

Follow the journey

Using water at school or home

Water is an important part of our lives. Drinking, cooking, cleaning – we use it in loads of different ways.

Even though it rains a lot in Ireland, we don't have an endless amount of water to use. About 1% of the Earth's water is available freshwater. Everybody should do their part to think about how you use water, and about ways to use a little less.

Using water at school or home

The Story of Water Activity Booklet

There is so much to learn about water and how we can help save it. Discover more about the story of water through lots of fun activities with 'The Story of Water Activity Booklet'.

Download the activity booklet

The Story of Water Activity Booklet

How to use a little less

Turn off the tap

Don't leave the tap running while you brush your teeth, and turn it off after you wash your hands.

Take quick showers

Baths use a lot of water. Taking a shorter shower can save about 10 litres of water a minute!

Flush less often

Flushing the toilet uses lots of water. Only flush when you really need to.

Save that water

Use stoppers or basins when cleaning your paint brushes after Arts and Crafts.

Tell your friends

Make posters to put up over sinks to remind everyone to always turn off the tap after use.

Collect the rain

Collect rainwater - it's great for watering plants or rinsing plastics before you recycle them.

The Story of Water

We have created a documentary that tells the story of our most precious natural resource, the threats to its future and what is being done to fix the problems.

Our changing climate and conservation

In this chapter of the documentary we learn that by using only what we need, we can all play our part in protecting our water for the future. Find out more about what we can all do to reduce our usage, and how schools play an important role in educating about the value of water.

Think before you flush

Every day thousands of items are flushed down the toilet that should be put in the bin. Only the 3 P’s should be flushed down the toilet – pee, poo and paper. Flushing sanitary and other items down the toilet blocks our sewers and has a big impact on our sea, beaches, and wildlife.

The campaign is operated by An Taisce’s Clean Coasts programme and is supported by Irish Water.

For more information

Think before you flush


Green-Schools is an award programme for Irish primary and secondary schools. It help students to learn about the environment, including water conservation and efficiency. As part of the programme, school children saved over 389 million litres of water last year. Irish Water sponsors the water theme of the An Taisce Green-Schools Programme.

Get involved with Green-Schools


Resources for teachers

Green-Schools has plenty of fun resources for your school to learn all about water. Browse activities, lesson plans, fact sheets and other educational material.

Primary school resources

Think before you flush

Want to learn more?

Contact us to see how we can help or to talk about a possible visit to your school.

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