The Rand Water Foundation installed rainwater harvesting systems in schools in Hammanskraal within the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality. One of those schools was the Molefe Mooke Primary School.
Beneficiary – Molefe Mooke Primary School
The installation of rainwater harvesting systems at the schools included construction of tank stands, securing of tanks and the installation of gutters and piping. This project was aimed at contributing towards water demand management and conservation while promoting efficient utilisation of a limited resource. The project benefited a total of 15 schools in Tshwane and Molefe Mooke Primary is one of those schools. The school is located in Dilopyane Village near Hammanskraal.
Situation before Rand Water Foundation intervention
The school is geographically situated in a water scarce area, and as a result it only received water from the municipality through water tankers trucks. The tankers used to deliver water by depositing it into existing storage tanks at the school. During days when there was no water at the school, learners were released early to go home due to lack of basic services including water for flushing ablution facilities and water for drinking.
The law does not allow children to be kept at school when there is no water. The school used to have a beautiful food garden which had collapsed due to water shortage.
After the Rand Water Foundation intervention
The Rand Water Foundation supplied and installed the rainwater harvesting system in the school in January 2018. Not only did the school benefit, but emerging businesses did too, as project contractors undertaking the rainwater harvesting system.
The school principal had this to say:
“Upon completion of the project we now use harvested rain water for flushing the toilets as well as irrigating the garden creating a green school environment. The school garden is now resuscitated due to water being available. Our garden harvest is used for the school feeding scheme and some is sold to raise funds for seeds purchasing. We appreciate this project and thank the Rand Water Foundation for making water available to our school. This has gone a long way to improve learning conditions”.