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Farm school leads in saving water

22 January 2018
CAP: De Miskrall Primary School Principal Martie de Beer (first left) and teacher Estelle Pietersen (first right) share water-saving tips with Grade 3 learners Jaydrien van Sensie, Petronella Plaatjies and Jodie George

CAP: De Miskrall Primary School Principal Martie de Beer (first left) and teacher Estelle Pietersen (first right) share water-saving tips with Grade 3 learners Jaydrien van Sensie, Petronella Plaatjies and Jodie George

A farm school near Patensie is doing its bit in trying to save water as the drought situation gets direr, with the farming community severely affected by the lack of rains.

De Miskraal Primary, a school of about 220 learners, makes use of basins for washing of hands, with the water being changed at different intervals.

The “dirty” water is then re-used to wet the school’s garden as the use of hosepipe is strictly prohibited.

For drinking, every class has its own bucket and a cup is used to ensure no drop goes to waste.

School principal Martie de Beer said it was important that everyone at the school understood the seriousness of water scarcity.

“We are preaching the message every day for the learners to internalise the severity of the drought and for them to be key participants in saving water.

“One tends to not realise how much water goes to waste when hands are washed using running water from the tap, especially where children are involved,” she said

Kouga Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen praised the school for its efforts and said there was a lesson to be learnt and emulated from their actions.

“The situation requires all of us to make a conscious effort to save water as we are moving into a critical phase of water scarcity and we do not know when the much needed rains will fall,” said Van Lingen.