Primary schools affiliated with Connecting Countries do not have a reliable or sustainable source of water or facilities to store potable water. Some of our schools that are connected into the region’s piped water supply only have water supplied to their school once maybe twice each week. For example, a school may be scheduled to receive water on Tuesdays and Saturdays only. The watchman therefore may be responsible to turn on the school tap to replenish the school’s water storage if school is not in session. Or the school’s Head teacher may have to come to the school on a Sunday to ensure the piped water is stored correctly.
After assessing water sources and storage facilities at all of its affiliated Kenyan schools, Connecting Countries suggested to all the Head teachers and their Board Of Management (BOM) that Rooftop Water Harvesting could be a viable alternative to obtaining and storing water for school use. Since mid-2013 Connecting Countries has completed 16 such projects and 3 more are destined for completion. In short, this project has been a welcomed success.
Our Water Harvesting projects are joint partnership efforts between the school and Connecting Countries. We provide a large storage tank, usually 10,000 litres, to harvest rain water from school roof tops along with a tank drainage tap and tank delivery to the school. The receiving school funds the purchase and installation of roof guttering that channels the rain water to the tank along with a cement pad to support the tank. Additionally, the school must also agree to enclose the tanks in some manner to protect it from harmful sun’s rays and other types of damage.
Goal: Each school to have the capacity to store 40,000L (litres) of water.
Our goal is to partner with our Kenyan schools and increase awareness of this project to potential donors so each of our 8 schools has the capacity to store 40,000 litres of water. Often 10,000 litre tanks are funded. The chart below indicates our schools’ requirements for water tanks as well as the completed Water Harvesting projects at our “Family” of schools.
Water Storage Tank Requirements for Connecting Countries
Partner Schools in Nyandarua County West, as of February 2019
|Name of School||Current Number of Tanks Requirements|
|Uiguano Primary School||3 Tanks totalling 25,000L Two 10,000L Tanks|
|Riverside Primary School||2 Tanks totalling 20,000L Two 10,000L Tanks|
|Kirima Primary School||3 Tanks totalling 25,000L Two 10,000L Tanks|
|Jacaranda Primary School||3 Tanks totalling 30,000L One 10,000L Tank|
|Equator Primary School||5 Tanks totalling 20,600L Two 10,000L Tanks|
|Kanguu Primary School||2 Tanks totalling 30,000L One 10,000L Tank|
|Madaraka Primary School||120,000L Capacity – COMPLETE|
|Chaka Reli Primary School||28,000L Capacity One 10,000L Tank|
Connecting Countries seeks funding of $1000 CAD per tank (costs may vary due to fluctuations in material costs and currency exchange rates). This amount includes:
- one 10,000 litre PVC water storage tank
- drainage tap and installation
- delivery of tank to school
- installation of tank