All tanked up on saving water

GERMARI HERSELMAN
Last updated 16:13 08/04/2014

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Springlands School in Blenheim is taking another step forward as an Enviroschool by using rain water to flush some of its toilets.

Teacher Jo Grady said the rainwater tank project was a joint effort with Southern Water Engineering, who donated the tanks.

"We hoped to collect enough rainwater from this classroom [roof] . . . to fill the tank soon," she said.

"The children can't wait for rain now."

School principal Gaylene Beattie said the school had connected the tank to a bathroom block, but would also use the water for irrigation.

"We plan to use the water to flush the toilets instead of municipal water."

The school felt saving water should be a joint effort for schools and businesses.

Southern Water Engineering agreed and donated and installed the water tank as part of its 2014 Water Day message - "We can all do our share".

The tank project was part of Springlands School's commitment to the New Zealand Enviroschools programme.

"As a green and gold school the rainwater collection is part of our continual efforts to step up and improve our environmental practices," Beattie said.

The school hoped to install bigger storage tanks under the decking in front of the classrooms soon. More tanks would allow it to collect water during the winter months to use in the dry summer months when there was less rain.

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- The Marlborough Express

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