Staff from Irish Water visited Coldwood National School, Craughwell to teach the children all about their drinking water, where it comes from, how it is treated, and how it gets to their taps. The visit also highlighted some of the projects that are happening in their locality including the new 20 kilometre €13.8 million water main which passes by the children’s school. The new water main once commissioned  will bring a safe and secure water supply from the Tuam Regional Water Scheme to the homes, businesses and schools of 6,000 people in Loughrea, Craughwell and surrounding areas.

The school visit was carried out by local Irish Water Asset Delivery Regional Lead, Eunan Canavan and his colleague Sean Corrigan. It involved an interactive workshop with the pupils to teach them about the important project. Both Eunan and Sean carried out some scientific experiments showing the children how water is treated, how it gets from the source to the tap, and why water is vital for our health, wellbeing and our economy.

Why was this important?

Commenting on the visit to Coldwood National School, Eunan said: “This was a great opportunity to meet our local school and tell the students and teachers about the work Irish Water and our partners in Galway County Council are doing to fix our really old water network and improve water treatment to protect the health of generations to come.

“Water is one of the most essential resources on earth, critical for human health, the production of food and for industrial activity. It was great to see the interest that the children have in their local community, we hope that they gained a good understanding of the challenges that we face, and the important role that scientists and engineers play in our daily lives.”

Ms Jackson, principal and teacher of fifth and sixth classes added: “We were delighted with the visit from Irish Water and the children really enjoyed the experiments. It was a wonderful opportunity for them to gain a real understanding of all the processes that are involved before they turn on their taps to get a glass of water! Our thanks to Eunan and Sean for a great presentation.”

More information

For further information on Irish Water’s ongoing works in Co Galway visit our Projects and Plans section and search all of our Galway projects.


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