Clyde Primary helps Scottish Water launch Generation H2O

The pupils from Clyde Primary School in the Knightswood area joined the utility company on a visit to Loch Katrine to mark the start of the Generation H2O initiative.

The programme encourages young people to protect the future of Scotland’s water.

The visit included talks about water and how they can protect it, as well as the important health and environmental benefits of topping up from the tap at home and from the company’s network of Top Up Taps across the country.

Generation H2O also intends to create responsible ‘water citizens’ and establish a bond between them and Scottish Water by increasing their awareness of the organisation’s essential role across the country.

As part of the programme, Scottish Water and several partner organisations, including Forestry Land Scotland and the Steamship Sir Walter Scott Trust, provided children with insights about biodiversity, water safety and the history of the water supply in the area.

Peter Farrer, chief operating officer with Scottish Water, said: “We hope we gave the children from Clyde Primary an enjoyable and memorable experience and thank them for helping us launch Generation H2O in this beautiful part of Scotland.

“Our aim was to take them on a journey where they learned from Scottish Water and our partners about many different aspects of water, biodiversity and history.

“Scottish Water is trying to enable young people to become responsible water citizens who value and protect the water and wastewater networks and to encourage them to reduce their water consumption, use water wisely and become catalysts of behaviour change by encouraging their families, friends and communities to do likewise.”

Claire Campbell, principal teacher at Clyde Primary School, said the programme’s resources are “fantastic” and that lessons are engaging.

She added: “This has helped prompt many really good class discussions and it’s been great that the scientific content provided by Scottish Water has been rich and based on the Curriculum for Excellence.

“I will be recommending the Generation H2O programme to other teachers at Clyde Primary and would encourage all schools to consider joining.”

Lisa Mackinnon, a primary six teacher at the school, said some of their pupils didn’t know that wasting water was an issue.

She said: “The pupils are taking the messages back to their families and friends and helping spread the word about how to protect water and the environment and that is fantastic.”

Generation H2O provides educational resources aligned with the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence experiences and outcomes, United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and designed to encourage creative and critical thinking, and develop transferable skills.

Teachers can register for Generation H2O for free via the National Schools Partnership website at

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