The Unified Water Label Association (UWLA) has announced the introduction of a schools project, which is being launched to coincide with Water Saving Week, which runs from 23rd-27th May.
A pilot project was conducted in two primary schools in Kent earlier this year, with the results and feedback from this shaping the schools pack, which will be available to download from the UWLA website from 6th June.
The project pack includes templates and information to guide schools through their own project. It features activities such as water-themed tasks, including a fun water survey that children can do at home. There is guidance on how to bring the results back to class, and then record and discuss them. All tasks have been designed to link into the National Curriculum.
A short PowerPoint presentation on the origins of water is also available. This covers how water is both used and wasted, with an explanation of the ‘Water Label’.
The pilot project also included a poster competition for Key Stage 2 pupils, with a theme of ‘saving water’. Prizes were awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd places and all entries received a free UWLA water bottle. The winning posters are displayed in local shops and businesses.
UWLA MD Yvonne Orgill said: “It is really important that we reach hearts and minds on water efficiency as early as possible. The school project will encourage children to learn about environmental issues and to think about the consequences of their choices and behaviours. By developing a greater understanding of the need to use water wisely and the link between water and energy efficiency, we can collectively make a difference for the benefit of the planet.”