What happens to our waste water when we are finished with it?
As part of their BTEC First in Engineering, this was the question posed to Year 10 students before they embarked on a field trip to the Thames Water Hogsmill centre.
Whilst not altogether sure about the trip to begin with, students were pleasantly surprised when they arrived at the site in Kingston to discover that it is, in fact, a nature reserve.
Students took a tour of the facility and learned all about how Thames Water supplies 8.8 million people with drinking water every day, covering 5,000 square miles across London and Thames Valley, as well as the 500,000 tests taking place each year to ensure that our drinking water in London reaches the very highest standards of cleanliness.
The day culminated in a fun and competitive activity with students working in teams to design their own systems for water treatment and recycling. As we strive to develop the STEM professionals of the future, field trips are integral to exposing students to the breadth of careers, courses and apprenticeships on offer for life beyond the UTC.