The two tanks, each capable of holding 18,000 litres, were installed at the school after it won an Australian Government Water Fund Community Water Grant last year.
The Australian Government Water Fund Community Water Grant is an Australian Government initiative to help community organisations save, reuse or improve the health of their local water sources.
The grant funded purchase of the two water tanks; all plumbing and drainage requirements to and from school buildings and tanks; and the inclusion of a Rain Saver system which automatically diverts the system to town water should the tanks run dry.
Parent and P&C member, Bev Dhnaram was instrumental in applying for and winning the $35,000 grant and overseeing all aspects of the purchase and installation of the water saving system.
“Water is a precious, finite resource and every one of us should always be conscious of this fact,” Ms Dhnaram said.
“By harnessing our own supply of water, Bangalow Public School is doing its bit in working towards a sustainable future. It’s great to see a project planned, installed, completed and working well,” she said.
Establishing the water collection and storage system has resulted in numerous benefits for the school and its students.
“Installing tanks and creating the school’s own water collection and storage has reduced pressure on town water supply. Another advantage is of course cost savings for the school. Reducing water rates at the school frees up available funds for spending in other areas more beneficial to students,” Ms Dhnaram said.
Other flow-on benefits have included greater student interest in the environment and ways to improve the school’s overall environmental impact.
For example, in week three of term four, Rous Water will perform a water audit at Bangalow Public School and will involve students in water monitoring activities.
The school, led by interested parents, is also looking into establishing recycling for packaging and more efficient paper recycling.
School principal, Tim Edwards, is impressed with the water saving system at the school.
“Bangalow Public School is very fortunate to have strong parental involvement and interest in school activities,” Mr Edwards said.
“Without parental support and initiative, we would not have won this grant.”
Work on the project was undertaken by Mid-Richmond Plumbers and Mick Rowley from Bangalow Pumps and Irrigation.
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