Porthcawl pupils study how water works

By GEM Staff Reporter in Utilities

Pupils at Porthcawl Primary School have been finding out more about Welsh Water’s £300,000 investment work in the Porthcawl area, which will further improve the bathing water quality in Rest Bay and also protect some properties in Newton Nottage from flooding.

Welsh Water’s education officer Mary Watkins, went to the school to explain about the work and the important role the sewer network plays in cleaning the waste water from homes and businesses in the area before returning it to our rivers and sea.

Pupils took part in an ’interactive workshop’ and assembly where they learnt about the water treatment process.

The pupils also learnt how they could personally help to reduce the risk of flooding and pollution from the sewer network by not putting things like cotton buds and disposable wipes down the lavatory.

The work began earlier this year and will bring long term benefits by improving the performance of the waste water network in the area.

It will include the installation of a new outfall pipe, which will improve the performance of the network, especially during stormy weather.

Work will also take place to upgrade the sewer pipes in the Newton Nottage area to protect properties from flooding and to further improve the environment in Porthcawl, particularly the bathing water quality in Rest Bay.

Headteacher at Porthcawl Primary School, Mr Andrew Wood, said: “The children thoroughly enjoyed the activities provided. They felt it helped them understand the water cycle and their understanding of how an urban environment affects water drainage.”

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