School given water-generation units

2016-05-04 06:00
Photo: supplied St Christopher’s is stepping into a more water wise future courtesy of a new atmospheric water generation plant. From left: Lorranie Kaunda, Njabulo Mdamda (teacher), Prince Mathe (TechEd Facilitator) and Joel Berger (Superwater) with pupils.

Photo: supplied St Christopher’s is stepping into a more water wise future courtesy of a new atmospheric water generation plant. From left: Lorranie Kaunda, Njabulo Mdamda (teacher), Prince Mathe (TechEd Facilitator) and Joel Berger (Superwater) with pupils.

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PUPILS of St Christopher’s Primary School, one of five MRP Foundation Schools located in the drought-stricken iLembe District, were overjoyed to receive an atmospheric water generation unit from Superwater recently.
This Superwater unit extracts moisture out of the humidity in the atmosphere to supply approximately 100 litres of fresh, clean water per day - a massive aid in helping with the shortage of valuable drinking water.
The large school of 1 000 pupils share only one tap which at times is unreliable and distributes dirty water.
Although it doesn’t supply enough clean water for the whole school, the cost-effective and sustainable unit goes a long way in supplementing their current water supply.
As one of the five KwaDukuza schools that follow the holistic MRP Foundation Schools Programme, pupils are already familiar with the importance of being kind to the environment.

Rainwater harvesting systems and ‘tippy-taps’ - simple devices made from plastic bottles for washing hands - are just some of the water conservation initiatives that the school enthusiastically adopts.
Joel Berger of Superwater unveiled the unit, which now stands proudly in the school ground, to teachers and pupils saying: “We feel honoured to be able to launch the project here and provide water solutions for drinkable water. If children aren’t drinking clean safe water they’re not learning to their best potential. We would ultimately love the children to have sufficient water for their own consumption during their school day as well as being able to take some potable water home for their family consumption. This may even result in a social enterprise opportunity for the school to sell water for a nominal price and raise additional school funds.”
Lorranie Kaunda, St Christopher’s acting principal, was overjoyed to welcome such a generous donation saying: “What a thoughtful gesture that we weren’t expecting! The unit came at just the right time as the school is really facing the water crisis. Some days classes finish earlier because we can’t provide water.

“A million thanks to Superwater and particularly our continued partnership with the MRP Foundation which has afforded us this opportunity.”

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