17 May 2018 Go back to News
Pupils in St. Columba’s NS Facility for Deaf Children learn about how water is treated
Irish Sign Language version of new Irish Water video
Pupils in the Facility for Deaf Children at St. Columba’s Girls’ National School, Douglas, were among the first to be shown an Irish Sign Language version of a newly-produced Irish Water video, the ‘Story of Water – From Source To Tap’, when staff from the utility visited the school recently.
The pupils learned all about how water is treated to ensure it is safe to drink by the time it comes out of the kitchen tap. They also heard about Irish Water’s work in treating wastewater so that it can be returned safely to the environment.
During the visit, they were shown a new video outlining the complex processes involved in treating water, transforming it from its raw state in rivers, lakes and underground aquifers to a safe drinking supply for homes, schools and businesses.
They were also eager to learn about what they can do to protect Ireland’s precious water resources, by conserving water at home and by not flushing unsuitable items down the toilet where they could end up polluting our beaches and marine environments.
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 offices in Mallow and Cork City.
During the visit to St. Columba’s, staff members performed simple water experiments and spoke about some of the projects currently being carried out by Irish Water in the Cork area, including the Cork Lower Harbour Main Drainage project which aims to end the situation where the equivalent of 20,000 wheelie bins of raw sewage are discharged into Cork Lower Harbour every day.
The visit to Douglas GNS was originally scheduled to take place during Engineers Week in February but had to the postponed due to Storm Emma. As part of Engineers Week, co-ordinated by Engineers Ireland, local staff also visited a number of schools in the Mallow area, including the Patrician Academy Secondary School, St Mary’s Secondary School, Davis College, Scoil Ghobnatan and Gaelscoil Thomais Daibhis.
Commenting on the importance of sharing the story of water with local students, Catherine Sheridan of Irish Water, who is a Chartered Engineer, said: “Many people working for Irish Water work and live in the communities that they grew up in. They understand the important role that water plays in everyday life and are excited to share the story of water with local students. Irish Water is responsible for the delivery of water services to approximately 80 per cent of the population. While 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 informing our future generations about the severe stress our water services are under.”
View the Irish Sign Language version of the Story of Water video