Over 170 school children participating in the water theme of the Green-Schools programme joined representatives from Irish Water to take part in a six kilometre walk to mark ‘World Water Day’. This year’s theme was 'Water and Sustainable Development', which raised awareness for the lack of access to clean water for many young people across the globe.

100 children from primary and secondary schools in Carlow, Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow carried six litres of water in Glendalough, which followed a path along the Poulanass Waterfall and Lugduff Valley.

A group of 75 students from schools in Cork also carried water along a six kilometre trail in scenic Gougane Barra, following a path along the River Lee, Slí Laoi. The river is used as a source of drinking water for many communities, recreation including angling and boating, and to harness electricity from two hydroelectric dams at Carrigadrohid and Iniscarra.

In 2014, ‘Walking for Water’ events saw 37,000 students in 12 countries raised funds for over 30 water projects in countries in Asia and Africa. In partnership with Green-Schools, Irish Water encourages schools across Ireland to organise their own initiatives to highlight this issue.

Download the ‘Walking for Water’ guide to host your own event.

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