23 February 2018 Go back to News
Inis Mór students joining Irish Water for Engineers Week celebrations
Talks on water conservation, sustainability, and the story of water from source to tap.
Over 100 primary school students on Inis Mór will join Irish Water during Engineer’s Week for a day of talks on water conservation, sustainability, and to learn about the story of water from source to tap.
Inis Mór sees it’s population increase from approximately 900 during the off-peak season to welcoming over 200,000 visitors over the busy summer months. This influx of tourists puts extreme pressure on the island’s water supplies and in the past Irish Water has had to ship additional supplies of water to the island to ensure a consistent supply.
To mitigate against this expensive exercise and to prevent water outages at such a critical time of the year, Irish Water is undertaking a number of initiatives on the island. These include upgrades to the three existing water treatment plants, a water mains rehabilitation project, a Find and Fix project and the First Fix Free scheme.
Irish Water engineers will be travelling to the island during Engineer’s Week which runs from February 26 to March 2 to engage with the students and greater island population on the issue of water conservation and sustainability.
Engineer’s 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 employs almost 800 staff across the country 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.
Irish Water will visit the local primary and secondary schools on Inis Mór, distribute leaflets on water conservation, hand out toilet displacement bags and retro fit some of the student houses with water saving devices. These houses have been identified as those with increased occupancy during the summer months.
Commenting on the importance of these educational events, Irish Water’s Regional Information Specialist Sean Corrigan said: “Irish Water is responsible for the delivery of water services to approximately 80 per cent of the population. Whilst 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 information our future generations about the severe stress our water services are under.”