Pupil input wanted for save water campaign

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The search is on for creative secondary school students to help raise awareness of using water wisely.

Northumbrian Water has launched a competition to produce a three-minute play, poem, song, rap or animation to promote the ‘hot topic’ of water efficiency.

Pupils have to upload their performances to YouTube by Friday, June 29 and the winner of each category will win £1,000 for their school.

Northumbrian Water’s Pam Lovell said: “We are very fortunate in the north east to have a plentiful supply of water. However, we should still only use the water we need and not waste it. When we waste water, we also waste energy.

“This competition is a great opportunity for schools to get involved in an initiative to help change peoples’ behaviour when using water. Simple changes in our daily routine can save significant amounts of water and energy. Nineteen schools from the region have already entered and we hope to get many more entries.”

There are three age categories for judging: key stage three (11 to 14 years), key stage four (14 to 16 years) and sixth form (16 to 18 years). Judging will be based on the number of hits the performance receives on YouTube and also on the comments and marks given by a panel of judges. The number of hits will be calculated over a two week period from the day the performance is uploaded onto YouTube.

Pam added: “Schools still have time to register their interest for an application pack and pupils can upload entries any time from now until Friday, June 29.”

Students and schools who would like further information about the competition should email education@nwl.co.uk to receive an application pack which includes details of the competition criteria, competition rules and application form.

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