In order to work on future sustainability for water conservation in South Africa, there needs to be more encouragement from educational institutions, as well as water treatment companies themselves, to create water conservation awareness. It is also important to convey the broad opportunities that exist in the water treatment industry, from being a hands-on engineer to becoming a water treatment professional or consultant
; simply by looking through all water related services
, one can see just how many branches to the industry there actually are. It is imperative to keep the youth interested to ensure their continuous contribution to the ongoing efforts of providing the nation with clean water. The following are ideas that may work in stimulating interest and growth within the industry.
The Role of Primary and Secondary Educational Institutions
Primary and secondary education has a huge impact on the choices made by the youth when it comes to their potential career paths. It is important that education around multiple industries is shared with children and teenagers in fun, creative ways. This will stimulate interest and allow our youth to explore all the opportunities available to them, while simultaneously learning about the respective sectors. When speaking specifically about the water treatment industry, there is a plethora of ideas to educate children through practical elements such as; organising treatment plant open days/outings or preparing practical school projects like creating self-made filtering systems
How Media can play a Role in Reconnecting with Water Conservation and Education
Today’s society and media often neglects to highlight the important role of water in the manufacture of a multitude of products. All the amazing food products and beverages
, which we consume, are simply not marketed by recognising the water related practices behind them. Broad initiatives and ideas to reconnect the practice of water treatment with the end product that comes out of the tap or bottle will help educate the youth on the many opportunities available to them in the water treatment industry. They will also be able to recognise the important role of competent water treatment practices and technology in the global realm as a whole.
Using Technology to Interest the Youth
Another effective way of stimulating broader interest among the younger generation is to increase the development of smart technology. By opening up new exciting opportunities to integrate modern, smart solutions into the practice of treating water, more of our youth will become interested in the field, due to their knowledge of and interest in technology and modernity. The emerging use of sensor technology, automation, and IoT, will broaden the career opportunities as well as the general interest in the industry. By opening up the youth to the plethora of ideas and opportunities offered through technology within the water treatment industry, a wider demand for education and training in the sector will be created.
Educational institutions in South Africa need to embrace the idea of growing and inspiring the youth to become our next generation of water conservationists in order to create sustainability. At WEC Projects
we strive to inspire broader water conservation and sustainability practices by providing next-level water treatment services and joining exhibitions such as IFAT Africa
to showcase our ideas and solutions.