Guernsey Water Annual Report 2016

Guernsey Water 2016 Annual Report INVESTING IN THE COMMUNITY 22 annualreport2016 INVESTING IN THE COMMUNITY “Customers always value the quality of our drinking water and the safe return of our wastewater to the environment” Guernsey Water is at the heart of our island community. From source to sea, we value our responsibilities as the island’s water stewards. We take great care to ensure water keeps running from its source through the treatment and the supply of drinking water to our customer’s taps and finally through the collection and safe return of wastewater to our surrounding coastal sea. We have a role in educating groups within the community and we proactively work with the island’s primary and secondary schools exhibiting at the annual careers fair, giving talks and hosting visits to our water reservoirs and wastewater treatment centre. Again this year we welcomed a student as part of the Institute of Director’s Management Shadowing Scheme – investing our time in the future of young minds in all aspects of our business. Our Capital Delivery team, on behalf of the Channel Island Group of Civil Engineers (CIGPE), arranged for Nick Baveystock, the Director General of the Institution of Civil Engineers, to present a ‘lunch and learn’ session focusing on membership of the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE). We were joined by some 30 civil engineers from other States departments and individuals from the private sector. We also take time out to visit primary schools and colleges to talk about a career in engineering. Through a variety of community initiatives we continue to raise awareness of using water wisely, how to prevent flooding and pollution and explaining more sustainable methods of drainage. Our employees also embrace local community projects; volunteering their time to worthy causes throughout the year. They’re also encouraged to get involved in their own fundraising activities and, during 2016, staff raised money for local charities in a “Great Brickfield Bake Off” culminating in a Christmas special. We have supported a number of local initiatives including Living Streets Guernsey, leaflets for The Millenium Walk and the Tumaini Fund and The Eleanor Foundation overseas – specifically their water points work in Kagera, Tanzania. Funds raised have gone to support the studies of two young men in Tanzania, Levocatus and Eliud, so they can achieve their ambition of working to provide safe and sustainable water supplies for the people of their country. Source to Sea We collect rainwater fromour island’s streams We store sufficient water inour reservoirs andquarries We treatyour water so it’s safeand good todrink We collect wastewater and storm water Wework collaboratively toprotect the environment We treatyour wastewater by removing non- biodegradable items We returnyour wastewater safely to the sea We ensure thatyourdrinkingwater isSAFE&GOODTODRINK EFFECTIVEDRAINAGEprevents flooding&pollution We PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT from source to sea EVAPORATION Out to sea RAIN