Thames Water to celebrate World Toilet Day with online schools event

By Barrie Hudson - 29 October 2020


Primary schools across Wiltshire are invited to celebrate World Toilet Day at the water industry’s first national live virtual learning event.

  • Thames Water sends education team members to schools across Swindon and the surrounding area

    Thames Water sends education team members to schools across Swindon and the surrounding area

The education team at Thames Water, which serves Swindon, have joined forces with 11 other water companies to launch We are UK Water – Celebrating World Toilet Day for Thursday, 19 November.

World Toilet Day takes place every year, raising awareness of the importance of sanitation across the world.

The online learning is accompanied by a comprehensive resource pack for teachers, which includes engaging and cross-curricular activities for Key Stage 2 pupils.

From learning about the water cycle to the importance of using water wisely, the content has been designed to support various subject areas across the National Curriculum, including maths and science.

Paul Hampton, Thames Water’s education manager, said: “We provide an essential service and World Toilet Day is a great opportunity to show how important this is for maintaining hygiene and health.

Every drop of water we all use comes from the environment and it’s important we teach future generations about the water in their taps and in their toilets, so they understand how to use it wisely. This one-of-a-kind event is a fantastic way to bring the water industry together to benefit some of our youngest customers.”

Anne Reed, chair of the water company education forum and education manager at Yorkshire Water, said: “Life is pretty different for everybody at the moment and, like many other industries this year, because of covid-19 we’ve had to think differently about how to deliver our important messages. 

"Through our Education Forum, water companies already collaborate on many initiatives but we haven’t attempted anything on a nationwide scale before. 

"We hope this event paves the way for more innovation and further supports schools at what is a very challenging time for them.

Schools can register for We are UK Water – Celebrating World Toilet Day, which will run on 19 November from 11.15am to 11.45am, and download the activity pack via

Over the last five years, 100,000 schoolchildren have been given an insight into how the company deals with clean water and waste for millions of customers. 

Thames Water is now providing online education and careers talks to schools and colleges, and hopes to start visiting schools again next year.

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