Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 22 May 2010
Schools in Nelson Mandela Bay are signing up for an initiative that will not only help them save water, but also gain valuable knowledge.
The Port Elizabeth Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Percci) teamed up with the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality with the idea to promote water saving at schools, as the combined dam water level is currently an abysmal 35.5%.
Flowing from the water-saving idea came an adopt-a-school project, with several companies now having adopted schools in the Bay to help them get their water systems in order, for instance by fixing leaks.
Percci chief executive Kevin Hustler said the organisation was pleased the initiative has been embraced by industry.
“It is making a difference by reaching out to poor communities with help not only in reducing water wastage, but also in creating a better schooling environment for learners and teachers,” Hustler said.
“We are very concerned about the water crisis and have been working with the metro to spread the word about saving water to industry. “Because schools were identified as one of the major areas of water wastage (accounting for up to 7% of the metro’s water consumption), we encouraged the major industries to get involved and make a difference in their own plants as well as in the wider community.”
Percci’s water working group and the municipality’s water department shared ideas on water-saving ideas, such as looking at borehole management, harvesting rainwater from factory roofs, use of grey water and recycled water, and also initiatives like the adopt-a-school project.
So far 14 needy schools in the Bay have been earmarked for the project and several other companies have also come on board to assist the schools.
Municipal spokesman Kupido Baron said “The environmentally sound programmes will benefit children and influence them on a long term basis by allowing them to grow up to care for the environment”.
– Shaanaaz de Jager
Source: Weekend Post