Tselo wants to inspire young people to consider a career in engineering

Tselo Tlou, a Civil Engineering graduate from The University of Zimbabwe is one of Irish Water’s Engineers who wants to inspire young people to consider a career in engineering during Engineers Week this year. Since joining Irish Water in 2014 Tselo has worked as a Water Engineer for the Utility. The delivery of a safe and sustainable supply of drinking water to homes and businesses is a vital focus for Irish Water. The utility produces 1.7 million litres of treated drinking water every single day, transporting it to homes and businesses through a vast network of pipes under the ground.

Career path and why Tselo chose engineering

Speaking about his career path, Tselo said “Early on in my career I worked as a Site Engineer in Zimbabwe and I was involved in the construction of the world’s longest curved-overland conveyor belt. It was almost 16km long! This conveyor belt was used to transport iron ore from a mine to a steel manufacturing facility. I was also involved in the construction of a 17-storey office and retail complex which won the British Construction Industry’s International Project of the Year award for collaboration. Collaboration is really important in the delivery of water services. We saw this first hand during the drought in 2018 when managing the water supply, particularly across the Greater Dublin Area was a massive collaborative effort between Irish Water and the Local Authorities as well as the water conservation efforts of businesses and householders.” 

Speaking about why he chose engineering as a career, he added “I wanted to follow in my big brother’s footsteps. He studied civil engineering and was actually a Water Engineer so I knew that was a career that appealed to me. Coming from Zimbabwe which faces water quantity and quality problems, I am all too aware of issues around water scarcity and I wanted to work in a field that allowed me to manage our precious water supply.” 

Tselo's career before Irish Water

Before joining Irish Water Tselo worked in water services in Westmeath County Council for 6 years and then Longford County Council for a further 6 years. In his current role as a Water Engineer, Tselo oversees the management of the water supply in Fingal and South Dublin for Irish Water. Working in partnership with Fingal County Council Tselo regularly supports tours of the new water treatment plant in Leixlip for transition year students in Dublin with the hopes of inspiring some into a career in engineering.

Speaking about these educational tours, Tselo said “It is fantastic to bring students to see an operating water treatment plant. It always amazes me that most people do not actually know where their water comes from. As part of the tour students get to see the whole water treatment process from the intake, through the various treatment stages to the treated water storage tanks. I always try to highlight that treated drinking water is not in unlimited supply and it is important that we all do our best to conserve it.”  

Irish Water is delighted to be promoting Engineers Week again this year and staff across the country are visiting schools, hosting site tours and speaking about their careers in the water industry and highlighting the size and scale of the work in safeguarding Ireland’s water for the future.

More information

For further information on the range of activities being organised by Irish Water as part Engineers Week visit our Engineers Week 2020 page.

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