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Pupils Learn About Pee, Poo and Paper

Guernsey Water is visiting schools to teach children what should and shouldn't be disposed of down the toilet.

As part of Guernsey Water's first schools roadshow, pupils from Years 5 and 6 from four  primary schools have been learning what can - and can't be flushed down the loo.

It is part of a long-term campaign called 'Let's be clear' which aims to help us understand why we must keep drains clear.

Children took part in a 'lucky, yucky dip' removing items including tennis balls, cutlery and clothing from an actual toilet.

The pupils also looked around the company's CCTV vehicle which remotely controls a robotic camera that is placed into drains and sewers to check for damage and blockages, mainly caused by a build up of fats, oils, grease and wet wipes.

This has been the first time we have visited local schools to talk about wastewater and our sessions have been fun and interactive.

"Having a real toilet to illustrate the bizarre items that have been found in our drainage network is a great way to engage the pupils and help them to see why those should be disposed of properly – and why pee, poo and paper are the only things that should be going into the network.

“At the heart of our presentation is the message that we all have to take care of our water network and drainage systems. Guernsey Water has a significant infrastructure to maintain and we all have a role to play in this.”  - Catherine Boughay, Guernsey Water.

The children at La Hougette Primary School seemed to get the message:

"You can only put toilet paper down the toilet, and nothing else."

"The stuff we put down the toilet is really disgusting, and it's horrifying what the pictures show."

"Biodegradable wipes - they might say they can be put down the toilet, but I wouldn't risk it because they can block your pipes at home."


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