No Ifs’ or Butts for Sacred Heart Grammar School | Newry Times

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Thursday, May 20th, 2021

NI Water has donated a waterbutt to Sacred Heart Grammar School, Newry for use in their school garden.


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As pupils return to the classroom, many schools are seeking to improve their outdoor learning environments to enhance pupil wellbeing and mental health alongside improving the sustainability of the school grounds.



Waterbutts are a great way to do this as they harvest rainwater, which can then be used to water plants or wash windows.

The school received their waterbutt as part of their participation in NI Water’s World Water Day celebrations which took place in March.

Waterbutts are a great way of collecting rainwater, which can then be used to water plants encouraging pupils to save water and look after the natural environment.




We get plenty of rain in Northern Ireland but this rainwater has to be cleaned at our treatment works before it goes into the taps.

Using a waterbutt to catch the rain is just one way we can all play a part to ensure there’s enough water for everyone now and in the future.



You’d be surprised how much water we all use on a daily basis, 155 litres per person sounds like a lot, however, much of that is sent back down the drain.

Why not get water fit and try NI Water’s new online water audit to see just how water-wise you are and receive free water-saving items such as 4-minute shower timers, leaky loo strips and toothy timers for the little one. 

If you are a teacher and would like to avail of NI Water’s new virtual lessons, contact the education team at  



Pictured above are pupils with their new waterbutt, alongside Pat McCauley, NI Water’s Education Officer.


Keep up to date with all the latest Northern Ireland Coronavirus / Covid-19 news HERE.


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