Severn Trent give Warwickshire students a unique lesson in water and waste

Wednesday 24th May 2017

Plumbing students at Warwickshire College in Leamington had an exclusive masterclass in water and waste last week after a visit from Severn Trent.

The company hosted the special presentation which covered topics ranging from where water comes to what happens when we flush.Malcolm Smith, who delivered the presentation from Severn Trent, said: “It’s important we speak to students like this who may go on to have a career in plumbing, to give them a real understanding of how important it is to be clued up about water and waste for their studies and careers.

“The students learned about ways to prevent blockages, such as binning fats, oils and greases and not flushing wipes, and also how to be wise when it comes to saving water. Information they can use to pass onto friends and family, and even their own customers when they start their careers.”

Severn Trent supplies 1.8 billion litres of drinking water to around 8 million customers every day, and collects 32,000 litres of waste water every second, from customers across England and Wales.

“I also challenged the students to a Water Supply Challenge, where I asked them to get hands on and construct a pipeline that would carry water from the source to customers, to give the students an idea of how our pipes work together to provide customers with water. This allowed us to discuss pipe misconnections and the importance of using approved plumbers,” said Malcolm.

Severn Trent encourages its customers to use WaterSafe’s website, as it allows customers to search for an approved plumber in their area, making sure that they are getting a safe and competent tradesman to carry out work in their home.

Course Lecturer Stephen Andrews said: “It was great to have Severn Trent in college. Malcolm provided a valuable endorsement to the key principles of water management and distribution in a friendly and interactive way.”