Our new Education offering in the Folkestone and Dover region

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Children in a river

Following on from the real success of the Education Centre and outreach provision in Affinity Water’s Central region, it has been a real pleasure to have Karen Stanley joining the business to further expand our educational outreach in Folkestone and Dover region. Several schools have already begun to take full advantage of the Education Services’ workshop days. The feedback from … Read More

Spill a penny, spend a pound

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Education team holding a cheque

Over the last two years, Affinity Water’s Education Team have been running their “spill a penny, spend a pound” initiative to help raise awareness of global water issues.    All schools that visited the Affinity Water Education Centre in Bushey Heath were invited to make a voluntary contribution to WaterAid of between 1p to £1 into our giant water bottle. Students take part … Read More

Happy Birthday Education Centre

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This year the Education Centre at Clay Lane celebrates 20 years since it was built. In September 1998, it was officially opened by David Bellamy, and since then education services has engaged with over 250,000 children! Affinity Water’s education services provide hands-on educational curriculum linked activities to young people aged 5-18 conveying key water saving messages, applying STEM (Science, Technology, … Read More

Free online resources and water projects

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How do you explain to an 8 year old, or an 18 year old, the complex relationship that human beings have with their natural environment? And how this impacts our water supply? More importantly, how do you empower them to make positive changes in their water related behaviours? The Environment Agency has deemed the Southeast of England to be a … Read More

Stevenage School crowned ‘Challenge Water’ champions

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students from Barnwell school

A team of key stage 3 students from Barnwell school in Stevenage were crowned the 2018 ‘Challenge: Water’ champions. The successful team went head to head with Simon Balle All Through School from Hertford, Loreto College from St Albans and Kings Langley School from Kings Langley. ‘Challenge: Water’ is a joint initiative with WaterAid and Affinity Water that pits teams … Read More

Keeping our youngsters safe near open water

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After a very long and snowy winter, it is clear that summer is finally here! What better time to get out and about – a trip to the beach, a lake, or your local swimming pool for example? We all know just how much fun can be had, splashing about in cool, fresh water on a hot day. However, at … Read More

Only rain down this drain!

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yellow fishes sprayed on storm drain

You and your students may have noticed small, yellow fish painted next to storm drains in your local area. What does this mean and how can your students get involved? Let’s find out… What is a storm drain? Storm drains come in all shapes and sizes – typically they consist of a hole in a paved surface which is covered … Read More

Counting down to Day Zero in Cape Town

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Cape Town: host to the 2010 World Cup; renowned for its harbour, wine production and proximity to Table Mountain; home to around 4 million people; and set to be the first major modern city to run out of water. Cape Town is supplied with water from a number of nearby reservoirs which are refilled by rainfall, ideally in the winter … Read More

Addressing a ‘water stressed’ South East of England

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Whilst the shortage of water in the South-East of England is nowhere near as serious as the situation in Cape Town, we are facing some of the same challenges to keep customers’ taps flowing; most notably, a growing population and less reliable weather patterns. Although it seems to rain all the time in the UK, the South East is considered … Read More

STEM Centre launch at Watford Grammar School for Boys

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Last term, we worked with Watford Grammar School for Boys to help them deliver a whole-school, water-themed event. Affinity Water provided interactive activities to help students understand both the importance of water as a natural resource and also the range of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills used in the water industry. From Art to PE, the week’s lessons … Read More