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Kids get Waterwise with help from Southern Water

Ed Wain received thank you letters from children of Hoo St Werburgh Primary School

Waterwise speaker Ed Wain was delighted to receive some unexpected feedback from a presentation at a primary school – 45 thank you letters from the children.

Ed is one of Southern Water’s team of Waterwise speakers who volunteer to deliver 45-minute presentations to schools and community groups.

The 30-strong team have delivered nearly 80 talks in the past 12 months.

The free presentations, which include a series of short films, explain the water treatment process and encourage people not to waste water.

Ed, who works in Southern Water’s the Metering Contact Centre, visited Hoo St Werburgh Primary School in Rochester.

He was impressed with the enthusiasm the children showed towards water efficiency.

The school has interactive whiteboards which can connect to the internet so Ed accessed the Southern Water website to show the children the company’s Peter the Meter film.

Created by Southern Water’s metering team, the film shows an animated water meter called Peter and his efforts to save water around the home.

Ed said: “The kids were really enthusiastic and fascinated to know that Peter the Meter was keeping an eye on their water usage and would write to them if a leak alarm in their meter spotted a problem.

“They loved the idea that water usage was being measured by the meter and that by using water carefully, they were able to minimise the amount they used.

“I felt quite emotional when I got the letters because everything I’d taught them was in there, it showed that I had really got through to them.”

Class teacher Richard Lock said: “The presentation was great, it kept the children interested and they really enjoyed it.

“They got a lot out of it which is why their letters were so thoughtful and detailed. They appreciated it and wanted to say thank you properly.”

To book a Waterwise talk for your school or community group, visit www.southernwater.co.uk/communitytalks.

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