Water Talkers

Poo Bus

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Chloe Booker
Chloe Booker | Mar 31, 2015 | in Loo Litter Concepts

When the Poo Bus visits your local school it will cause a stir! This travelling exhibition highlights the valuable and unseen work our water companies do to deliver us fresh water and dispose of our waste safely. Children of all ages will engage in lots of experiments and activities and end up better informed and respectful of the valuable resource that water is.  All aboard!

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edited on Mar 31, 2015 by Gina LoBuglio

Janet Bradley Mar 31, 2015

Wohooo.... yeah!

Love this.... poo buses at the moment are novel, but at some point they will become normal... we need to harness this time when they are novel and bring them to schools, bring the information about water companies to all schools so that they can keep up to date.

By bringing the information to the schools, it means that no one is excluded... everyone will know and understand the information they need.

Water companies can make sure that the information is presented in a positive way.

Parents can be encouraged to come and visit too on the days that the bus is at their child's school.

Get on board!!

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Louis Allen Mar 31, 2015

kids would love this idea especially on a double decker more info.

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Janet Bradley Apr 1, 2015

totally agree - kids adore double decker buses... I like the old fashioned London buses.... I wonder if they could be adapted to being run on poo?

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David Simoes-Brown Apr 10, 2015

that's a great idea Aster1x. I am sure methane etc. could be generated and used to run the bus.  The power of poo! 

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Janet Bradley Apr 10, 2015

That would be so cool... the old double deckers have a fascination of their own... people would get on the bus just to be on one of those... and then they can be educated about water at the same time.... if the bus can be converted, it shows what we all could do with the methane!

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anita lewis Mar 31, 2015

This is excellent especially as it is so hard for schools to take a lot of kids out of school for such things.

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anita lewis Mar 31, 2015

Can I vote twice for this?!

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Janet Bradley Mar 31, 2015

I have voted your comment that you want to vote twice... does that count? :-)

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Janet Bradley Mar 31, 2015

When we discussed this before... I thought that the concept of a mascot (such as Aqua Man) could really build on this. It could be a family that Louis mentioned "the Drips". Could appear on stickers, toys. etc. And one dressed in costume could accompany the bus to primary schools.

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Katie100 Mar 31, 2015

I hope the poo bus also invites parents aboard!

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David Simoes-Brown Apr 10, 2015

Could do.  Or maybe is should be exclusively for kids? 

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Katie100 Apr 10, 2015

it will stop kids putting toys down the loo, but the culprits sticking nappys, tampons, not really flushable wipes, lard, etc  down there are adults - anyway wouldn't the poo bus be even more exciting if you got to invite your mum or dad along? It makes it a special day if parents come into school with you, no?

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David Simoes-Brown Apr 10, 2015

not sure!  It depends on the age.  I think parents become annoying/uncool around the end of primary school. I think I would invoke the principle of pester power here.  It's like children bringing environmentalism into the household from school that happens a lot already. 

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Janet Bradley Apr 10, 2015

What about Parents evenings... if the bus visited the school during the day and then stayed on for parents to visit during parents evenings when they are seeing the teachers anyway... it means that the kids won't have to be there with their parents!

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Janet Bradley Apr 10, 2015

I am very much for parents being included... adults buy the things that get put down the loo... so whether its kids or adults that actually flush, parents still have some responsibility and so the whole family needs to be involved.

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Janet Bradley Apr 1, 2015

I was thinking, each water board must have different challenges with dealing with providing clean water to all customers, and dealing with waste. Water being used in the Scottish Highlands, water being used in London... Very different scenery, population, and consequences for the water boards I am sure.

each poo bus needs to be tailored by its water board to send out the message that will reach the heartsof the pupils it will visit. 

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Janet Bradley Apr 1, 2015

A bus goes on a journey... An easy concept to accept. Water goes on a journey, through the water cycle... And the way it's pumped to and from our homes... Each of these journeys can be tailored for each of the regions.

poo buses can sometimes come in pairs to events or schools to show how different things can be depending on where you live.

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mark burns Apr 1, 2015

great, perhaps this could visit and park in town centres aswell so all the public can jump on board  and have a look round, it could even attend local community days and open days in colleges etc 

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Janet Bradley Apr 1, 2015

Being mobile, really opens up the possibilities doesn't it.

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George Richardson Apr 3, 2015

If every water company invested in one or two of these buses with a dedicated team in each,they would be welcomed with open arms i..  would imagine,in every school in the country  Four schools a day for every school day,in every area, a tremendous amount of water education could be carried out with the next generation that will encounter more problems than we ever did when it comes to water.

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Janet Bradley Apr 4, 2015

I would hope that it would be one school, one day.... 4 schools in a day would not give time to reach the hearts of the children.

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George Richardson Apr 4, 2015

I was thinking of two buses, spending half a day per school,which is probably all they could find from already crowded  curiculi.  Well organised most if not all would have site of its amazing exhibition.

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Janet Bradley Apr 4, 2015

I guess main point is that buses go to schools, each school would need to have input on how many children they would like to visit each bus on each visit. 

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Mary O'Connor Apr 4, 2015

I think that this is a good idea. Educating children while they are young is always the best way to go. Then it will stick with them as they get older.

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George Richardson Apr 4, 2015

I know it will now be considered sexist or politically incorrect in modern times,but someone famous once said,and i may be slightly misquoting.  " Give me the boy before he is four,and i will give you the man."

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George Richardson Apr 4, 2015

Of course every school will use every minute of time to benefit the largest number possible,that is what we do every day. IT is not a nine to three job for teachers. More 7-45 to 4-30/5-0, plus many extra curricular activities. Three times as hard as most people think,and every minute is precious for our childrens education. Nobody ever think schools are as hap hazard as many other work places.

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George Richardson Apr 5, 2015

aster1x your comment on each areas messages being different is dead on ,but behind all the local relevent information being passed on through our new poo buses [ I really do hope this idea takes to our roads. ] the overall message that however plentiful supplies appear it is a diminishing resource which unless it can be shared co- operatively  leading to decreasing amounts locally,then we will be storing up future problems.

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Janet Bradley Apr 5, 2015

Not necessarily.... each water company will have different messages that they need to get across... the overall message may actually be more about what should not be put down the toilets, or sinks rather than the saving of water.

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Mary O'Connor Apr 5, 2015

I think that any child would remember for a long time about the 'Poo bus' visiting their school. Maybe it would have the desired effect for a long period of time.

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Janet Bradley Apr 5, 2015

I think so too... it's something that wouldn't be forgotten easily - which is always a massive achievement when it comes to education.

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George Richardson Apr 5, 2015

It is a fact, anything like that  outside the normal,stays with them and is talked about and remembered for a long time.It is out of the humdrum routine and a completely new concept for everyone at the same time.  Most people remember School arranged Holidays all their lives. A POO BUS TALKING ABOUT WATER-----MAGIC !

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From my experience (two kids aged 3 and 8) kids love anything to do with poo and wee and are fascinated with the toilet and where it all goes. They are also great enforcers of positive change within a house hold if they get engaged and inspired about something. A really strong idea.

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Janet Bradley Apr 8, 2015

So true about kids loving pee and poo discussions...

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David Simoes-Brown Apr 10, 2015

thanks Nick.  

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David Simoes-Brown Apr 10, 2015

Thanks Nick.  I can report that the fascination can go on until 11 and beyond!

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Peter Hutchison Apr 8, 2015

Like this... some generations don't appreciate the severity of the water scarcity having been able to take it for granted. This will encourage awareness. There's also a chance of up-education (child to parent) educating about thing like baby wipes (and other disposable wipe products) which have a distinctly flushable size and design. Perhaps they should be printed with DO NOT FLUSH, or something. 

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David Townson Apr 8, 2015

Great idea. This gets my votes because it engages with people when their life values are being established. Young folks will remember an engaging experience that helped them understand what not to put down the loo because they were able to have a play with a bit of kit that showed them what happens when you flush a nappy down the bog or whatever. It will be learning that stick and then they can educate their parents, siblings and own children in time. My kids love this idea and as someone who has had blocked pipes due to dodgy drains and others flushing things they shouldn't have, I'm all for a future generation that are more looliterate.

It's not a sticking plaster for a symptom but will help yield new behaviours that are beneficial for the future. It can start with Poo and sewerage and all that stuff but eventually why not be a Water Bus that showcases all the other issues that need tackling by the future generations. 

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Kate Humpho Apr 9, 2015

I love this idea.  There were really good, informative displays at the Kew Bridge Steam museum on water supply and treatment (probably about 10 years since my last visit) and also the cross section of a flushing toilet, complete with a plastic turd which falls back in after every flush (basement of Science Museum), Crossness pumping station, ooh yes, bring all this together, it's fascinating stuff.

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Janet Bradley Apr 10, 2015

Totally agree with you... I visited the Paris sewers a few years ago... it was absolutely fascinating... I think its something everyone would find more interesting than they realise... so some may not go as they think its not going to be enjoyable... so bring the bus to the people is the way forward!

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George Richardson Apr 10, 2015

Hi Katie,you are right about the culprits being adults,and schools do love parent participation wherever possible. However The logistics of getting the children through the bus,to give them enough time to have a valuable learning and exciting experience,which they will remember and talk about for a long time,will be taxing for the best of organisers. Add parents and it would become impossible.The water companies could arrange other venues for adults.

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George Richardson Apr 10, 2015

Kids do attend parent evenings with their parents,and i can assure you,after going around the school seeing all the teachers they need to,they would not go to an exhibition. It is almost impossible to get them to fill in their comment form,before leaving,i know i have tried often. The logistics for just one year group and parents after 8-0pm would be impossible. Try as you will it will not work.

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Janet Bradley Apr 10, 2015

I don't know.... If drinks and canapés are served by the water companies to entice the parents on board... If there is a will, there is a way.

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George Richardson Apr 10, 2015

Dream on,Dream on.  Hope springs eternal.

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