On Monday 15th June Felsted Preparatory School lost access to clean water due to a water supply problem. It had a big impact across the school as there was no cold water to drink during break time. Our teachers had to travel to our local village shop to buy lots of bottled water. By the afternoon the shop had run out of bottled water. We were not able to flush any toilets or wash our hands so we had to use ‘hand sanitizer’ and we became more aware of how much paper we should use, so that we did not block the toilet. During lunch the whole school had to use paper plates and cups due to the lack of water as they could not wash the dishes. We had to eat sandwiches instead of a cooked meal as there was not enough water to cook food with. Later on, after school had finished, the boarders had to travel over to the senior school to have showers by the swimming pool. They also had to brush their teeth without any water.
This experience really opened our eyes to what might happen in the future. We realised that we actually need far more water than we thought. This experience highlighted just how important water is in our lives. We cannot live without.
Completing Challenges will help you climb the Water Explorer leaderboard. In addition, your project work can be used to support CREST and Eco-Schools Awards.
CREST Award (British Science Association)
Each year, over 32,000 CREST Awards are undertaken by 11-to-19-year-olds, giving them opportunities to explore real-world science, technology, engineering and maths projects in an exciting way.
Use Water Explorer Challenges as a basis for a CREST Bronze Award. To get the Award, you’ll need to spend at least 10 hours on your project. Find out more about CREST Bronze Award here.
Tackle Water Explorer Challenges and gather evidence to apply for an Eco-Schools Award. Challenges address several Eco-School topics including Water, Waste, Biodiversity and Global Citizenship. Take the plunge and go for your Green Flag Award! Find out more about Eco-Schools England here.
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GAP UK led the design of the global WaterExplorer programme and is coordinating its delivery across the 11 countries. You can find out more about us at www.globalactionplan.org.uk