Fine Gael Senator Paddy Burke has praised a series of talks on water conservation in local primary schools.
Senator Burke said the talks were hugely beneficial to pupils, who now have a greater understanding of the water cycle and supply.
Senator Burke said: “Presentations were made to pupils in Belcarra and St Angela’s National School recently.
“Because of the strong Tidy Towns presence in Belcarra, students had a particular interest in the protection of water sources.
“Water compliance specialist Pat O’Sullivan from Irish Water spoke to children about the responsible use of pesticides and how devastating it can be if there is a contamination incident.
“Members of the Tidy Towns committee also attended the talk and later distributed pesticide awareness leaflets in the local grocery store.
“The winning entries from the school’s art competition with the theme of water source protection will be displayed on the village’s river walk.
“The talk at St Angela’s primary school focused on the water cycle. Irish Water engineer Sean Higgins and regional information specialist Sean Corrigan explained where water comes from, the complex treatment process and how to prevent contamination incidents.
“In both schools, children had the chance to take part in experiments to give them a clearer understanding of how raw water is made safe for consumption.
“Water conservation and protection is something everyone should be aware of. Engaging children at a young age in protecting and preserving the environment will ensure the next generation has a profound understanding of the importance of water conservation.”