Schoolchildren in Spalding have had a lesson with a difference to learn what happens when we flush our toilets and why blocked pipes are bad news.
The Mad Science educational performance group took Anglian Water’s Keep it Clear campaign to Spalding Parish Church of England Day School recently to help children understand the problems caused by fats, oils and grease in our sewer system.
The lesson featured hands-on science experiments like The Flying Toilet Roll, Water Twisters, The Wicked Wipe Challenge, Cool Dry Ice and the Eye-boggling Erupting Pipes.
Rachel Dyson, from the Keep it Clear campaign, said: “The message we want everyone to hear is that fat down the sink creates a stink!
“When fats, oils and grease mixed with unflushable wipes get into our sewer system it can block pipes and cause bad smells and flooding. It’s a serious message but we want to get youngster on board by delivering it in a fun way.
“We have worked with the Mad Science company to come up with an exciting show which looks at the science of our sewers, and it always creates a real buzz amongst the children.”
The message we want everyone to hear is that fat down the sink creates a stinkRachel Dyson, from the Keep it Clear campaign
Kim Bird, teacher at the school, said: “The team were fantastic and really engaged the children. Everyone is still talking about it and we are going to set some homework related to it. It was presented in such an exciting and interactive way.
“What an interesting and engaging way to teach the children about important lessons for life and looking after our planet.”
There are 20,000 tonnes of fats, oils and grease in the region’s sewers. And when these pipes get blocked the results can be very unpleasant for everyone in the community. It costs £7 million to clear, every year – money which could be spent on improving the network for everyone.
For more information visit www.anglianwater.co.uk/keepitclear