The best thing about rain water is it’s free and 15 schools in Tembisa township have been benefiting from the Rand Water Foundation’s rain water harvesting project for a year now.
Rand Water Foundation GM Mohlatleho Sekoaila said the project centred on raising awareness among school children about the scarcity and value of water.
Each of the schools received two 5000 litre water tanks that were connected directly to the buildings’ gutters in order to harvest rain water.
“The R1m project started last year and has been very successful. The project started based on the needs of the community and the schools in the Tembisa area.
“The project helps schools cut down on their municipal water bills. Rain water can be used for water greenery, vegetable gardens, and even in ablution facilities so that fresh municipal water can be used exclusively for drinking,” said Sekoaila.
The foundation will be following up this initiative by distributing squeeze bottles at schools to encourage children to save as much water as possible instead of allowing taps to run when they drink.
Sekoaila said they took it upon themselves to fix the gutters of the schools so that rain water could be collected effectively.
“We also gave and fitted gutters to schools that didn’t have them. It is now up to the education department to maintain what we started here,” she said.
The foundation will next be focusing its rain harvesting project on 15 schools in Alexandra township.
Source: The New Age (By Michael Appel)
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