23 February 2018 Go back to News
Irish Water staff in Cork bringing the Engineers Week message to local schools
Engineers Week which takes place all week (February 24-March 2).
Irish Water staff based in Mallow and Cork City are visiting local schools and taking part in a series of events to promote engineering during Engineers Week which takes place all this week (February 24-March 2).
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 employs almost 800 staff across the country in a variety of disciplines including engineering, environment, science, health and safety, HR, finance, legal, planning and communications with more than 60 staff working out of the regional headquarters in Mallow.
As part of Engineers Week, staff from the Mallow office are visiting a number of schools in the area, including the Patrician Academy Secondary School, St Mary’s Secondary School, Davis College, Scoil Ghobnatan, Mallow Convent Primary School and Gaelscoil Thomais Daibhis. Cork-based staff are also visiting the Deaf Facility in Douglas Girls National School, and Irish Water will have a stand at the 'Meet the Engineers Family Fun Day' in Lifetime Lab at the Old Cork Waterworks in Sunday, March 4.
Over the course of the week, we will be meeting over 600 students across the county. The students are being shown a new video entitled ‘The Water Treatment Process’, which outlines how water is treated from source to tap. The Irish Water staff are also performing some fun water experiments and speaking about their varied career paths and opportunities in engineering and science.
Commenting on the Engineers Week activities, Irish Water’s Regional Information Specialist Aisling Buckley said: “We are delighted to be supporting Engineers Week 2018. It is a wonderful initiative to highlight the key role engineers play in our world and to encourage young people to consider exciting careers in engineering and related fields.”
“Irish Water staff in Mallow and Cork city are delighted to get involved, share stories about their educational and career backgrounds and their expertise in engineering. Some are even visiting their old schools!"
“This is a great opportunity to meet our local schools and tell students about the work Irish Water is doing to fix our really old water networks and improve water treatment to protect the health of generations to come. On the wastewater side, we are tasked with improving water quality in our rivers, lakes and seas, by fixing old waste water treatment plants, or building completely new waste water treatment plants and protecting all of the habitats and ecosystems in those environments treated water discharges into.”
“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 importance of our work in this area.”