On the occasion of the World Environment Day, June 5th 2015, and within the framework of the Energy Week, 120 primary school students of the age of 11 from 3 primary schools located in the Municipality of Hersonissos and the neighboring Municipality of Malia, visited the Wastewater Treatment Plant of Malia. The event was organized by the Municipality of Hersonissos in collaboration with the Municipal Enterprise for Water and Sewage.
The study visit was entitled ‘The water cycle and the exploitation of unconventional forms of wastewater in irrigation after treatment’ and it was primarily aimed at familiarizing the school children with the potential of wastewater treatment and reuse for crop irrigation, as a means to save water and energy. Information and promotional material (leaflets, hats, water bottles) about the E2STORMED programme was distributed during the event in an effort to further highlight the links between water treatment, reuse, and energy savings, as well as to familiarize the students with the E2STORMED findings and applicability of results.
The school children were welcomed and guided at the Premises of the Wastewater Treatment Plant of Malia, by Mr. Nikolaos Argirakis, Chairman of the Municipal Enterprise for Water and Sewage, Mr. George Gioulbas, Chemical Engineer- Manager of the Municipal Enterprise for Water and Sewage, and Mr. Kostas Papadakakis, Mechanical Engineer -Municipal Enterprise for Water and Sewage.
The visit included educational activities aimed at assessing the knowledge the children had gained with regard to water treatment (crossword type), as well as to the archaeological findings at Hersonissos and Malia, that highlight innovation of ancient civilizations, with regard to processing methods water and in the water distribution network in the region (Kryptolexo type). The educational material has been developed and applied by Ms. Fani Anastasiou, chemist and employee of the Municipality of Hersonissos, and was received by the students with great enthusiasm.