MORE THAN 100 schoolchildren aged 14 and 15 enjoyed an action packed World Water Day as guests of the ICE's Water Board last week. The children, from 14 different schools, met at Great George Street and, after a welcome from Water Board chairman Jim Millmore, walked to Lambeth Pier for a trip on the riverboat Viscountess.
Down the Thames to Dockside, the children munched their packed meals and heard Panel for Historical Engineering Works member Dr Denis Smith regale them with all that civil engineers had done to cure the 'great stink', bridge the river and control flooding. Upstream, the commentary was by Mark Lloyd of action group Thames 21 who fascinated his audience with vivid tales of returning wildlife, garbage-guzzling boats and ancient execution rights.
In the afternoon, graduate teams from Thames Water and Ove Arup ran highly appreciated hands-on competitions for the teenage delegates: in the Council Room featuring the design and construction of a water network, and in the Great Hall constructing emergency water systems for disaster relief.
Chief Executive Mike Casebourne awarded the prizes to the two winning schools: Walthamstow High School for Girls and Glyn Technology College in Epsom.
As a finale, Jim Graham of Water Aid gave a telling expose of the worldwide work of the charity.