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Saturday 30 August 2014

Conservation of water discussed at St. Brigid's

Published 30/10/2013 | 05:22

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The crucial role of water in our lives, the conservation of water, and its purification and release back into the ocean - these and other water related topics were discussed recently by 5th class pupils from St. Brigid's School during a vibrant question and answer session in their classroom.

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The occasion was the decision by Veolia Water to present the St. Brigid's pupils with their Water Box - a kit with equipment and experiments to encourage the students to find out about all aspects of water. St. Brigid's is the first school in the country to be given this experiment kit.

Veolia are the world's largest supplier of water services operating in 35 countries around the world. Their Greystones plant collects waste water from a wide region from Enniskerry to Kilcoole and purifies the water before releasing it into the Irish Sea. Jan Ivanic explained the working of the plant to the students, giving them a clear step by step explanation of the water purification process.

Guy Jones, Veolia's community representative, demonstrated how some of the experiments work and outlined the development of the kit.

Communications Officer, Claire O'Donovan, hosted a very successful question and answer session. The children had lots of questions and many areas were explored.

St. Brigid's School already has a very strong environmental ethos. The school was recently honoured with a UNESCO award for work on the environment. The very active Green Committee, co-ordinated by Maria Breen and Fiona Lang, has heightened awareness among the pupils so there was no shortage of questions or suggestions.

David O'Reilly, Pat Killilea and John Harrington attended the presentation for Greystones Tidy Towns.

The Tidy Towns group has worked with St. Brigid's pupils in the past and have established links with Veolia, so they were keen to be involved and supportive.

'Great credit is due to Sister Kathleen and all the staff at St. Brigid's for their help and for the wholehearted response of their pupils,' said David.

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