NI Water have donated a waterbutt to Integrated Primary School, Enniskillen for use in their school garden.

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.

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 have 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 our new online water audit at to see just how water wise you are and receive free water saving items such as four minute shower timers, leaky loo strips and toothy timers for the little one.

Enniskillen Integrated Primary School have signed up to the ‘Refillution’ and NI Water are delighted to support the school by providing all pupils at the school with a reusable water bottle to encourage them to refill their bottle with tap water and therefore reduce the amount of single use plastic bottles that could potentially end up polluting our seas.

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