Part of Engineer’s Week 2018

Hundreds of primary and secondary school students from Castlebar and surrounding areas participated in Irish Water educational events at Mayo Movie World organised as part of Engineer’s Week.

The first event saw secondary school students from Davitt College, St Gerald’s and St Joseph’s gather in the movie theatre to learn first-hand from the staff of Irish Water who are based in the utility’s regional headquarters in Castlebar why engineering is an interesting career choice. The emerging themes from the many speakers was not to specialise too soon in your career, engage in continuous professional development, enjoy your job and don’t be afraid to diversify.

Story of Water – from source to tap

The Castlebar students were the first to view a newly produced Irish Water video outlining the ‘Story of Water – from source to tap’. A second event designed specifically for primary school pupils was postponed due to Storm Emma, but took place at the same venue recently. Pupils from Breaffy NS, St Angela’s, St Patrick’s and Scoil Raifteiri learned about the ‘Story of Water – from source to tap’ through watching the video and by engaging with Irish Water engineers and scientists. Fun experiments were conducted demonstrating the importance of protecting our water sources, outlining the complex processes involved in treating water and demonstrating simple water conservation techniques.

Many people working for Irish Water work and live in the communities that they grew up in. They understand the important role that water plays in everyday life.

Commenting on the importance of these educational events, our Regional Information Specialist, Sean Corrigan, said “Many people working for Irish Water work and live in the communities that they grew up in. They understand the important role that water plays in everyday life. Irish Water is responsible for the delivery of water services to approximately 80 per cent of the population. While many customers receive a good quality water supply and wastewater provision, there is a lot of work to be done to bring all supplies into compliance."

Water is one of the most essential resources on earth, critical for human health, the production of food and for industrial activity. The provision of clean drinking water and the disposal of wastewater in a manner that protects the environment is vital to our daily lives, and for economic and social development, which is why these events are critical for educating and informing our future generations about the severe stress our water services are under.

Engineers Week is co-ordinated by Engineers Ireland and aims to encourage students, their teachers and parents to explore the world of engineering and possibly consider a career in one of the varied engineering disciplines. Irish Water, an engineering company in its own right, engaged with students right across the country to highlight how diverse and interesting a career in engineering is.

Irish Water employs almost 800 staff in a variety of disciplines including engineering, environmental, science, HR, finance, legal, planning and communications with almost 60 staff working out of the regional headquarters in Castlebar.

For information on current vacancies within Irish Water, check out our Careers section.


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