Tapping into water wise creativity

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THE search is on for creative secondary school students to help raise awareness of using water wisely.

Northumbrian Water has launched a competition to produce a three-minute play, poem, song, rap or animation to promote the ‘hot topic’ of water efficiency.

Pupils have to upload their performances to YouTube by Friday, June 29, and the winner of each category will win £1,000 for their school.

Northumbrian Water’s Pam Lovell said: “When we waste water, we also waste energy, as every drop of tap water is treated twice in total – once before it arrives at customers’ taps and once before it is returned safely to the environment.

“This competition is a great opportunity for schools to get involved in an initiative to help change peoples’ behaviour when using water. Simple changes in our daily routine can save significant amounts of water and energy.”

There are three age categories for judging: key stage three (11 to 14 years), key stage four (14 to 16 years) and sixth form (16 to 18 years). Judging will be based on the number of hits the performance receives on YouTube and also on the comments and marks given by a panel of judges. The number of hits will be calculated over a two week period from the day the performance is uploaded onto YouTube.

The initiative is part of Northumbrian Water’s ‘BAD HABITS cost the earth’ water efficiency campaign which aims to educate people, from tots to grand parents, on how to save water and the importance of looking after this precious resource.

Each entry needs to include at least five of these messages: wasting water (especially hot water) wastes energy; turn off the tap when brushing your teeth; shower rather than bath; use a bowl when hand washing dishes; take shorter showers; use a sink when personal washing; repair dripping taps; use full loads in washing machines; use a bowl when washing food; use water resourcefully in the garden; use full loads in dishwashers.

Schools will be notified if they have won Northumbrian Water’s competition on Monday, July 16, and those that win will also enjoy a performance from The Word.

Students and schools who would like further information about the competition should email education@nwl.co.uk to receive an application pack which includes details of the competition criteria, competition rules and application form.