"On Saturday 17th March, five postgraduate researchers from the EPSRC WISE CDT took to the ‘Bath Taps into Science’ Festival armed with their favourite watery games to engage with the people of Bath. A specially designed flood box taught children the important role that natural landscaping plays in flood prevention. The low-budget water filter showed people how to clean water with sand, gravel, and a plastic bottle. All of the parents and children who visited the stand were very surprised to learn what a small proportion of the world’s water is fresh, accessible and available for us to drink – not to mention how much water it takes to make a bar of chocolate! We were thankful to be able to offer water-saving devices from Wessex Water to all those who wanted to reduce their household water consumption. Thank you to everyone that came to visit us at Bath Taps, see you next year!"
Olivia Bailey – WISE CDT Research Student
"This was a great way to mark the start the UK Water Saving Week, which incorporated the UN World Water Day. Many people take water and its quality and availability for granted, so it is great to have the chance to engage with the public to share information about the challenges that we face in maintaining a sustainable and high quality supply of water and managing water resources effectively, both here in the UK, and more broadly around the world. In addition to postgraduate education and research into water challenges, the EPSRC funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Water Informatics: Science and Engineering conducts various public engagement events with the public on water related issues. Many thanks are due to Olivia Bailey, Olivia Cooke, Ioanna Stamataki, Ioannis Markidis and Levke Ortlieb, who are all postgraduate researchers at Bath within the WISE CDT, for running the stand so effectively and enthusiastically. The photos show how much the visitors enjoyed their time visiting the stand."
Dr Tom Arnot – Co-Director, WISE CDT