Students taking part in a tour of Anglian Water's treatment works

Students from three Peterborough schools recently had the rare opportunity to tour Anglian Water’s treatment works at Grantham, seeing first hand how water is treated.

Experts and scientists from Anglian Water were on hand to help the group of 12 to 16 year olds to discover and develop their knowledge of how we use water and energy, highlighting how vital science, maths and engineering are in the region.  

The students, from the Thomas Deacon Academy, Jack Hunt School and Arthur Mellows Village College got hands on to learn how important these subjects are.  

Feedback on the tour was positive with one student saying the day was “awesome” and a fellow pupil said: “The tour was really interesting – lots of things to see and very enthusiastic staff.”  

Marcia Davies, Community Education Manager for Anglian Water, said: “During the day at Saltersford the group learnt from people whose job it is day in, day out to ensure we all have safe supply of drinking water and our used water is carefully treated before returning to the environment.  

“They learnt about the machines, processes and chemicals used to make water fit for consumption and the scientific filtration processes to clean used water. They even took part in a taste and odour test identifying tap water by sight and smell.    

“Taking what they learned from the day the students were they given the hands on challenge of planning, budgeting and building their own small scale working water supply network, simulating a real life engineering project.”  

Groups also spoke to a range of Anglian Water staff about the jobs available and the routes into the company through graduate schemes, apprenticeships and as trainees.  

A teacher from the Jack Hunt School added: “The whole day, the tour, and water supply challenge were engaging and it was great to watch the students really investigate. The careers session gave them lots to think about.”