Ding Ding for NI Water’s education team as they celebrate over 12,000 pupils from across Northern Ireland rolling onto the waterbus since 2007.
Commenting on the success of the bus is NI Water’s Education Officer Anna Killen,
“The bus has forever been popular with primary schools here and a waiting list of up to one year, and with November alone welcoming on board 2,000 pupils, its success only grows. The children really enjoy boarding the big blue bus and exploring what’s inside.
“We spend a lot of time educating the children on how the water they use every day is cleaned and where their water goes when they flush the toilet. We use games, experiments and audio visual tools to explain these processes in language the children can understand.
“One experiment we do is to filter the water through sand to clean it which shows the children on a small scale of how it’s done at a water treatment works.
“A fact that always goes down well with the children is that they are drinking water that the dinosaurs drank all those years ago thanks to the water cycle.”
Figures started soaring for the waterbus in 2014 with 5,000 pupils on board which swiftly rose to 8,000 in 2015 and 2016 topped the lot with 12,000!
The programme is aimed at Key Stage 2 and designed to complement a key element of the Northern Ireland Primary Curriculum – the ‘World Around Us’.