18 April 2018 Go back to News
Students from Donabate Community School join Irish Water at Ringsend Wastewater Treatment Plant
Part of Engineers Ireland initiative
Students from Donabate Community School joined Irish Water at the Ringsend Wastewater Treatment Plant as part of an initiative with Engineers Ireland for a tour of the plant. The students also enjoyed an interactive presentation on wastewater treatment and a talk on our sponsorship of the initiative ‘Think Before You Flush’.
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. The week ran from February 24 to March 2. Irish Water are delighted to partner with Celtic Anglian Water (CAW) in this initiative as part of Engineers Week 2018.
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.
Enabling students to explore the world of engineering
As part of enabling students to explore the world of engineering, staff from across the business are visiting a number of schools and carrying out tours in Irish Water’s water and wastewater treatment plants. Regional Information Specialist, Annabel Fitzgerald, spoke to Donabate Students at the Ringsend Wastewater Treatment Plant and brought them on a tour of the plant. During the event, an interactive presentation was given on wastewater treatment and the ‘Think Before You Flush’ initiative. Students also got a tour of the control room to get a behind-the-scenes look at how a plant of that scale operates. A quiz and an interactive game aimed at helping students understand the role of an engineer in a wastewater treatment plan also took place.
As part of the initiative, Irish Water will be meeting over 600 students from across the county. Irish Water staff are performing some fun water experiments and speaking about their varied career paths and opportunities in engineering and science.
Ringsend Wastewater Treatment Plant services over 40% of the population
Commenting on the initiative, Annabel Fitzgerald said “We are delighted to meet with students from Donabate Community School at the Ringsend Wastewater Treatment Plant. The plant is the largest wastewater treatment plant in Ireland and currently services over 40% of the national population and is treating wastewater for the equivalent of 1.9 million people. The plant serves the Greater Dublin Area including the city centre, stretching to suburban areas such as Dalkey, Rathcoole, Clondalkin, Blanchardstown/Mulhuddart, Dublin Airport and Howth, as well as parts of Meath such as Dunboyne, Clonee and Ashbourne.
This is a great opportunity to meet 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. We also provided an overview of the ‘Think Before You Flush’ initiative to highlight what items should never be flushed down the toilet as items such as face wipes, wet wipes, nappies and cotton buds can cause serious damage to our plants and to the environment as they can end up on beaches, in rivers and lakes."
Water is critical for human health, food production and industrial activity
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. These events are critical for educating and informing our future generations about the importance of our work in this area.
Ciarán McCausland, Operations and Maintenance Manager at the Ringsend Wastewater Treatment plant, added “It gave me great pleasure to present to the students an overview of the treatment processes involved in recycling the city’s wastewater at Ringsend. Even after all these years I still find myself impressed by some of the facts and figures ‘400 Olympic sized swimming pools of water recycled in a single day, wow! Thanks to everyone involved for a great event and CAW looks forward to participating in similar events with Irish Water and Engineers Ireland in the future, lighting up a spark of enthusiasm in the next generation of water engineers.”
Speaking at the event, Gemma Peat, Chemistry Teacher at Donabate Community School, said “It is excellent to put what the students have learned in class into a real life situation. The presentations and tour at the Ringsend Wastewater Treatment Plant was a great day out and we are delighted to take part in this Engineers Week initiative”.
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