25 January 2013

Shoreham Port continued their community involvement work this week when Deputy Port Engineer, Brian Rousell, assisted in an activity day at nearby Hove Park Secondary School. Charity organisation Global Action Plan were delivering their Southern Water sponsored ‘Aqua Innovation Challenge Day’.

Global Action Plan and Southern Water are working with schools across the Southern Water area of Kent, Hampshire, Sussex & Surrey to raise awareness of the South East’s scarce water resources and educate students in how to recycle and reduce water usage at home and in school. The scheme is being run in conjunction with Southern Water’s domestic metering programme that is being rolled out to over half a million homes in the area. 

One lucky tutor group at Hove Park Secondary School are being guided through a competition to design, present and promote a water saving device or campaign. This is being developed following audits of the students’ water usage at home and at school and through studies, exercises and games involving the different ways in which water is used. Later in the programme the students will observe Southern Water’s meters being installed in their neighbourhood and visit a water treatment works to appreciate the impact their actions have on the environment.

Brian Rousell, Deputy Port Engineer at Shoreham Port commented “I think it’s great that Southern Water are targeting their next generation of consumers early to get the message across on how important resource clean water is. The Port is rightly proud of its environmental credentials and being involved in programmes like this helps us to promote the idea that the whole community needs to work together to make the local infrastructure as efficient as possible.”

Brian Rousell is a registered Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Ambassador with the national organisation STEMNET operated locally from Brighton University. STEMNET coordinate hundreds of professionals in industry to work with schools and colleges to promote STEM subjects in the curriculum and raise awareness of potential careers in the field.  Please visit www.stemsussex.co.uk for further information.