Sunday 22 April 2018

Kerry school scoop national prize after saving 1.5m litres of water

Castleisland Community College students
Castleisland Community College students

Rebecca Lumley

A Kerry school has won a national competition for their work on water conservation and is set to represent Ireland in the global Water Explorer finals later this year.

Castleisland Community College told competition judges today that they had successfully influenced 376 people to change their water usage habits and had saved a total of 1.5 million litres of water.

The secondary school students were competing in the national Water Explorers competition, which is run by Global Action Plan and took place in Axis, Ballymun.

Water Explorers acts as an online educational resource for school students around the country and encourages students to make simple changes to conserve water.

Environmentalist Duncan Stewart was one of three judges assessing the students’ efforts and praised their work, saying people had to “act now” in relation to water conservation.

He said: “We know that there are a number of threats to global water supply and that the impact of climate change means greater water scarcity and pollution.

“That is why we need to act now. By each of us making our own small but vital contribution, together we can make a big difference to the world in which we live.”

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