Water lesson...Severn Trent help with Rainworth pupils’ project

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Pupils at a Rainworth school were visited by Severn Trent Water as part of their personal, social and health education (PSHE) classes.

Edwina Woodland, from the company’s education team, talked to year eight pupils at Joseph Whitaker School to teach them about the way water is treated and what should and shouldn’t be put down toilets and sinks.

The students then put their knowledge to the test, in a practical, bin it or flush it activity.

Edwina said: “Teaching young people about the way waste water is treated is vital because these are our future customers and educating them now could help prevent sewer blockages later on.

“This is even more important in Rainworth, where there has recently been an increase in the number of wipes being flushed down the toilet, which can block up the sewers.

“Wipes are designed to not break up and dissolve when wet, but this means that they get stuck in pipes when they’re flushed. They need to be put in a bin rather than down a toilet.”