South East Water has brought in six additional speakers to expand its School Talks Programme which aims to encourage children to save water.
The trained speakers will be going into primary schools in South East Water’s supply area in Kent, Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire to talk to children between the ages of eight and 11 about the world of water.
South East Water says education is a priority for it with the story of the water cycle high on its agenda.
Children are told how the company transfers water from rivers to taps and why it is so important during this period of drought to be water efficient.
During the talk Sally Shower, its water efficiency mascot, challenges the pupils to beat the four minute shower challenge by taking home a specially adapted egg timer to show how long they, and the rest of their family, are spending in the shower.
The exercise encourages the pupils to think about how much water they use and how they can be more water efficient. The results can then be entered onto the Sally Shower website at www.southeastwater.co.uk/sallyshower.
Lee Dance, head of Water Resources and Environmental at South East Water, said: “The business of supplying drinking water to our 2.1 million customers covers many topics, such as science, nature and the environment, planning, engineering and citizenship.
“I am pleased we are able to put all these elements together so we can get children excited about water.”
Hosting a water efficiency talk can also help schools apply for the Eco-Schools status.
The six new speakers who are going into the schools are Nicky Ashley, Karina Brown, Liz Everest, Mary Herbert, Lauren Smith and Dawn Wright.
To apply for a school talk please contact South East Water’s Communication department by emailing email@example.com .