The system will provide clean drinking water for approximately 900 schoolchildren year-round
St. Charles, IL – A team of Aquascape Foundation volunteers installed a 20,000-gallon rainwater harvesting system at the International Needs Network School in Kiyindi, Uganda the week of January 23, 2012. The newly installed RainXchange rainwater harvesting system will provide clean drinking water for approximately 900 school children year-round and creates the ability to prepare one hot meal per day.
Ed Beaulieu, chief sustainability officer for Aquascape, designed the school’s rainwater harvesting system to collect run-off from the roofs of two school buildings and a nearby medical office. Captured rainwater is passed through a sub-surface chamber where particulate matter is removed. The collected water is stored in a 15,000 gallon reservoir before passing through an ionization system into a 5,000-gallon tank where it can then be accessed by hand or electronic pump.
“We were proud to have contractors from across the country devote their time and labor to assist with the Foundation’s third installation of a rainwater harvesting system in an area lacking access to clean drinking water,” said Carla Wittstock, president of the Aquascape Foundation. “Our previous RainXchange projects at schools in Colombia, South Africa and Ghana, Africa were met with great success.”
The Aquascape Foundation worked with H2O 4 ALL and the I.N. Network in Zeeland, Michigan to locate a school in need of clean drinking water. The I.N. Network’s mission is to connect partners in community development around the world.
The Aquascape Foundation is a not-for-profit 501 (c) 3 organization established in 2008. The mission of The Foundation is to create sustainable solutions for the world-wide water crisis. The purpose of The Foundation is to promote awareness of water as our most precious resource through environmental, educational and philanthropic efforts.
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