POMPEY’S mascot is helping to educate children about water usage.
The project, called Nelson Investigates, has returned for a third year.
It is organised by Southern Water and Pompey in the Community.
It is aimed at Year 3 and Year 4 children and is run in schools throughout the local area over two sessions.
It educates pupils on issues affecting waste water, including what should and should not go down the drain and elements of water usage.
The resources have been developed by the Pompey in the Community education team and focus on investigating the various aspects of waste water treatment and flooding.
Madeline Stoneman, public relations manager at Southern Water said: ‘Most people don’t think about what happens after you flush.
‘Tours like this allow us to show the children where it all goes.
‘It also gives us the opportunity to teach them the importance of the items that can be flushed. In the last 18 months there have been almost 2,300 sewer blockages in the Portsmouth, Havant and Gosport areas caused by things that should not be in the sewers.’
The launch was at the Southern Water treatment complex, Budds Farm in Havant.
Children from Corpus Christi RC Primary School in North End had a tour of the facility to learn about how waste water is treated there.
Former Pompey player and current ambassador Alan Knight, and Pompey’s mascot Nelson were there with the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Lynne Stagg and councillor Rob Wood, cabinet member for children and education at Portsmouth City Council.
Adam Browne, education officer at Pompey in the Community said: ‘This sort of trip allows children to see at first hand the processes involved in keeping our city clean and healthy.
‘It was really nice for the children to meet the Mayor of Portsmouth, Rob Wood and our own Alan Knight as part of the launch. All of them got involved and were asking the children some great questions.’