We had a visit from the Director of the Water Institute, DCU, Professor Fiona Regan.  She is also Caireann’s Mammy!

This is Fiona’s favourite (non-human) creature at the moment.  It is called the Namibian Fog Basking Beetle.  It is found the Namibian desert in southern Africa.  It has a very clever way of collecting and drinking water.

Fiona taught us Water Sense.  That means being aware of water, how it’s used and how to avoid wasting it.

We learned:

  • The best time to water your lawn is early in the morning or late in the evening.
  • By washing your bike with a sponge instead of a hose you could save 24 litres.
  • To save water when washing your car, bring it to a car wash that recycles water.
  • A family of 4 uses 400 litres of water per day.
  • It’s important to save water because there’s a limited amount of clean water available.
  • Washing the dishes in a fully loaded dishwasher saves water.
  • Keep water running when you brush your teeth wastes a lot of water.
  • Taking a 5 minute shower uses less water that having a bath.
  • A bucket can be a water saving object.
  • A leaky toilet wastes a lot of water.
  • It’s never ok to flush rubbish (eg cotton wool, baby wipes) down the toilet.
  • If you hear a dripping tap, you should tell your parents.

She gave the class a quiz to test our Water Sense, and we had two winning teams!  The Water Heroes, who scored 11 out of 12, were The Water Winners and The Puppachinos.

Míle buíochas to Fiona for coming in to share her knowledge.  We all learned so much, and love our special Water Institute goodies!