South Africa
Counting every drop: From 1120 litres to 300 litres!!
Posted by Hawkstone Primary School, South Africa on 23 October 2015
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Learners washing their plates with our water saving basins. After washing we use the water on the vege gardens
Learners washing their plates with our water saving basins. After washing we use the water on the vege gardens

There is a limited amount of water in our country ,South Africa. So at our school,Hawstone Primary we have come up with the solution to this problem .We commited ourselves to rescue our water,when we wash our hands and plates at school.Learners were asked to wash plates under the running tap,and water was collected into a bucket.After that litres of water used per day were measured.  

We were so shocked to find that 1120 litres were used per month.This is how we measured litres of water we used to wash plates under the running tap:

.56 learners = 56 litres per day,56 litres x5 days=280 litres per week ,280 litres x 4 weeks =1120 litres per month.

This has caused us to change to a new method of washing, where we use  two washing basins which take 15 litres only:

x 5 days and per week it is 75 litres.  So75 litres x4 weeks =300 litres per month.

This means 1120 litres-300 litres =820 litres.Therefore every month we now save  820 litres.

Photos were taken when learners were washing plates under the running tap and washing in the basin. Infront of each classroom there is a half bucket of water where they wash their hands  after the toilet and breaks.

Water from the 2 basins is used to irrigate the vegetable gardens. Even at home when they are bathing the bath should not be full.When using the shower  we should use short showers or shower together.With this challenge we will save litres and litres of water.




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