Kororo Public School shows they're water wise

KORORO Public School will save about 113,000 buckets of water next year and every year thereafter.

The school is collecting the rain that falls on their undercover area and storing it in a 20,000 gallon underground concrete tank to be reticulated to 19 efficient dual-flush toilets.

Water-saving taps and bubblers and waterless urinals are also part of the school's water miser plan.

A water efficiency audit of the school found that the annual water use was about 1875kL a year and the cost of buying water and discharging sewerage was about $16 a day, or $5903 a year.

The combination of collecting extra water and cutting down consumption will reduce the school's need for reticulated water by 60.3 per cent and save the school budget an estimated $3920 a year in water and sewerage discharge costs.

This impressive result is a combination of support for water-saving initiatives by the school community, a $49,000 Commonwealth Community Water grant, and a major effort by the school P&C, assisted by local tradespeople.

Parent Peter Coulson of Emerald Beach Plumbing, who put his trade skills to work for the major project, said he liked to 'give a bit back to the school'.

He said Kororo Principal Will Randall had described it this week as a synergy between parents, teachers and kids.

Others who put in extra in-kind help included Coolamon Tanks and Nev Franklin Electrical; Stacks Earthmoving and Ozgreen.

Outgoing P&C vice president Simon Proust, the catchment co-ordinator for the Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority, also put his skills to work.

The P&C contributed $3500 in funding to help the school pay for all the changes required, while parents lent a hand with the practical work.

He said an important part of the project was the water message it generated that the school, which catered for 600 students in 2007, was measuring its 'water footprint' and trying to reduce it

The project was one of 4661 projects funded under Round 3 of the Water Grants.

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