Plumbing industry helps elementary schools fix vandalized sanitation facilities

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Major participants in the South African plumbing industry recently responded to a call for help from Claremont Primary in repairing its vandalized plumbing fixtures.

The initiative was spearheaded by Dutton Plastics who, with the help of the Institute of Plumbing South Africa, mobilized other companies to support this noble cause. They included Tjeka Training Matters, Aquaffection, Lecico SA, Plumblink, Comap and Oatey.

The initiative was originally scheduled to take place earlier in the year, on Nelson Mandela Day. However, it has been postponed due to the introduction of stricter restrictions on the gathering and movement of people to reduce the third wave of infections with the COVID-19 virus.

“Dutton Plastics continues to help renovate free school sanitation facilities as part of our corporate social investment initiatives. These projects help restore dignity by providing students and school staff with access to quality water and sanitation, ”said Charlene Joubert, Director of Marketing and Sales, Dutton Plastics.

Dutton Plastics, Lecico SA, Plumblink, Comap and Oatey donated various components needed to repair and replace damaged and stolen goods. They included 23 basins with taps, siphons and flexible connectors, as well as 23 toilet seats and mechanisms. This is in addition to a number of cisterns.

Tjeka Training Matters seconded Namesa Selala, a very competent training facilitator and assistant, Sibusiso Chanco, to the project at no cost, to repair all sanitation facilities in the school. She completed the installation in just five days. It was in time for the school to reopen after a short break in October.

“According to the Water Services Act, everyone has the right to basic water supply and sanitation services. We are therefore proud to have played our small role in improving conditions for the many young learners attending classes at Claremont Primary, ”said Salala.

As part of the initiative, Aquaffection also installed an electronic logger and various water saving mechanisms at the school to help the facility conserve water it draws from a borehole on the property.

Gerrie Brink, CEO of Aquaaffection, says these interventions have resulted in a 34% reduction in demand at the school. This will save the school over a million liters per year and contribute to # SurplusWater2025.

Brink is the founder of # SurplusWater2025. It makes available to businesses accredited training by the Sector Education Training Authority on efficiency and behavior change that contributes to their broad-based black economic empowerment scorecards. Although this is a direct benefit, it mobilizes stakeholders to get involved and get excited about participating in water savings.

“Between October 17 and 23, 2021, the total demand for the week was 40,198 KL with an average per day of 5,743 KL and a daily peak demand of 9,564 KL. Before the intervention, the total weekly demand was 60,738 KL with an average daily demand of 10,123 KL and a peak daily demand of 15.44 KL ”, explains Brink.

Meanwhile, the school has also improved its security to prevent vandalism and theft of property in the future.

Claremont Primary is a free school serving over 500 students, many of whom reside in a large informal neighborhood between Claremont and Newclare, west of Johannesburg. The school is entirely dependent on government funding and therefore appreciates any donations it receives from the private sector to help it operate at optimal levels and provide quality basic education to learners.

Riana Breytenbach, Director of Claremont Primary, says: “Many of our learners grow up under very difficult circumstances. They are certainly not used to this thoughtful treatment. The school administration, teachers and learners could not find a better way to thank the companies that took part in this initiative.