Tinternvale Primary School has come a long way in developing it’s awareness, responsibility and respect for reducing it’s water usage.
We have a range of methods for reducing our water usage including Installation of 3 or 4 star water efficient flow standard fittings to key usage areas in new buildings e.g. staffroom food tech and bathrooms, installation of waterless urinals, Installation of 4 5 or 6 star water efficient rated appliances where appropriate (e.g. dish washers) and Collection of stormwater for garden watering.
Our gardens are largely planted out with native plants to ensure that they are suitable to the environment and require minimal watering. We have a large water tank in the top tier of the grounds which supplies water to the toilets, but which can also be accessed to water the vaegetable garden that was planted directly beside the water tank
Students have created and hung signs around indoor tap areas as reminders to the school community to be water wise and turn taps of when unnecessary.
At Tinternvale we understand that Of all the water in the world, only 3% is fresh. Less than one third of 1% of this fresh water is available for human use. The rest is frozen in glaciers or polar ice caps, or is deep within the earth, beyond our reach. This is why in 2010 Tinternvale Primary School reduced their water consumption by 2%. This equates to 436, 000 glasses of drinking water or 109, 000 cartons of drinking water.
We hope to continue our water consumption into the future and are working hard to become a more sustainable school.