Did You Know Only 1% of the World’s Water is Drinkable?

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Although our planet is covered in water, only 1% of it is actually drinkable!

This is just one water wise fact children from Portrush Primary School learnt when NI Water’s education team recently came to visit.

The main topic of the day was water conservation. The children heard first hand why water is such a precious resource, and through a series of games and activities, discovered just how water wise they are.

The children were introduced to H20, a water drop figure and mascot for the programme. Practical demonstrations and presentations were used to explain how water is cleaned and to encourage the children to think about how they can use water more wisely. At the end of the session, pupils completed a water drop pledge naming one way they promise to save water.

Jane Jackson, NI Water’s Environmental Education Manager said: “NI Water places great importance on educating young people in the vital role water plays in our lives. H2O is a fun way for children to learn about the water cycle, why clean water is essential for good health and how they can help to conserve this precious resource.

“We are delighted with the positive feedback we have received from schools who have participated in our H20 programme. It’s a fantastic way for us to work within the local community and educate future generations of water users.”

The programme is aimed at Key Stage 2 and designed to complement a key element of Northern Ireland Primary Curriculum – the ‘World Around Us’.

A teachers’ learning pack, with further classroom activities and additional information is available to download from www.niwater.com/education.