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Pupils discovered the practical difficulties of supplying water in an area of drought when Chris Grayling MP, helped launch Sutton and East Surrey Water’s new educational initiative – the Water Supply Challenge – at Nescot, Epsom’s college of further and higher education.

Teams from five north Surrey secondary schools took part in the Water Supply Challenge – a tabletop but very real task, to design and build a water supply network within a given budget, complete with pipework, valves and environmental issues.Then, successfully transfer water from a tower to various customers.

The schools competing were Sutton Grammar School for Boys, Stanley Park High, Wallington County Grammar, Greenshaw High, and Wallington High for Girls. Sutton Grammar won overall.

Chris Grayling, speaking in his role as MP for Epsom and Ewell, praised the local pupils: “Well done to you all for some pretty impressive engineering today. I think you have learned some valuable skills for future career building.

“This is a really good initiative and I congratulate Sutton and East Surrey Water and Nescot for coming together to organise this event.”