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Laikipia school to benefit from water-harvesting initiative

15 August 2014, 12:31

Nairobi - A non-profit organization has announced plans to expand its award-winning water harvesting project at a newly-established campus at the Endana Secondary School in Laikipia.

PITCH Africa announced it would establish the infrastructure later this month.

The “Waterbank Campus” comprises four unique, low-cost, rain harvesting building types the company invented, termed “Waterbanks.

The structure has a capacity to harvest and store high volumes of water at low cost, providing a year round supply.

According to PITCH Africa, the annual harvesting capability of the campus is in excess of 2 million liters of water in a semi-arid region.

The Waterbank buildings provide clean drinking water to the students and irrigation to the conservation agriculture plots that form a patchwork across the campus.

PITCH Africa founder, Jane Harrison, said integrating, harvesting, storing and filtering of rain into school community buildings supported communities in becoming increasingly self-reliant for their water needs.

“This is possibly one of the greatest catalysts for change that a community can have. Bringing football into the mix brings passion, an attentive audience, bridging differences,” she said.

Jochen Zeitz, of the Zeitz Foundation hailed the establishment of the facility in Laikipia.

“PITCH offers an innovative approach to addressing one of Africa's most pressing problems, provision of clean drinking water; whilst providing urgently needed sport facilities. This makes it a win-win proposition, good for health and good for the environment. I'm happy to be able to support the first PITCH in Africa,” said Zeitz.

  – CAJ

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