Irish Water, working in partnership with Galway City Council have organised water themed events over the month of November to celebrate Galway City’s designation as the European Green Leaf City for 2017.

Events include school educational talks, site visits to treatment plants, a beach clean and beach safari and the launch of an e-publication ‘Slow the Flow’.

Irish Water’s Regional Information Specialist Sean Corrigan commented: “Our colleagues in Galway City Council and ourselves are delighted to celebrate Galway City’s Green Leaf designation for 2017 by promoting the message of why water conservation is so important and so easy to achieve by making a few minor adjustments to our daily routine. We have themed the month of November as water conservation month in Galway City and we invite the public to join us in making those simple changes which can have a lasting impact on our valuable water resources.”

On Friday, November 3, Irish Water’s north-west regional staff along with their children were joined by water services staff from Galway City Council and their children for a beach clean at Grattan Beach in Salthill.

Speaking about the event, Acting Senior Engineer with Galway City Council’s Water Services Department Lieze Fanning said: “This is a great way for people to contribute in a fun way. Everyone has a role to play and we are delighted to be playing our part today.”

Irish Water takes part in the annual Clean Coast beach cleans across the country each year but this year the event was extended to Galway City Council staff and the children of both sets of workers who were enjoying their Hallowe’en break.

The event was a great success and offered staff the opportunity to demonstrate to their children in a fun and engaging way the positive work they are involved in.

The staff at the Galway Aquarium also came on board and brought the children on a beach safari which unearthed some weird and wonderful discoveries. The group headed across to the aquarium afterwards for some much needed hot chocolate and a tour of the facility.

Speaking about the event, Mr Corrigan, said: “We love taking part in the Clean Coast beach cleans but this year we took on board an idea from our colleague Joe McFadden to get the children involved and we are so glad that we did. The children had a wonderful few hours exploring the natural habitat that lives on Grattan Beach while getting a greater understanding and respect for the jobs we all do in Irish Water.” 

Irish Water Beach Clean, Salthill, Co. Galway
Irish Water's regional staff with Galway City Council water services staff and and their children enjoying a beach clean and safari at Grattan Beach, Salthill, Galway

Some of the other events that are taking place in Galway during the month of November include the launch of an e-booklet ‘Slow the Flow’. This was a Galway City Council water services publication which came out in hard copy format in 2007 and which Irish Water, in collaboration with Galway City Council have updated and converted to an e-publication. This will be launched at an event in City Hall, Galway on Wednesday November 8 at 4pm by the Mayor of Galway City, Councillor Pearce Flannery.

As part of the launch the children from Merlin Woods Primary School and Holy Trinity Primary School, Mervue will present some art work and articles about why water is important for Galway City.

Other events scheduled for the month include site visits to Terryland Water Treatment Plant and Mutton Island Waste Water Treatment Plant. 

Find out more about the European Green Leaf Award

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