Water Journal : Water Journal December 2012
industry news regular features 20 DECEMBER 2012 water School Design to End Water Wars An innovative school designed to ease water shortages in a semi-arid region of East Africa is planned to open by the end of the year. The WATERBANKTM School, conceived and designed by US based non- profit PITCHAfrica, demonstrates the dramatic potential of rainwater harvesting in semi-arid regions and aims to put an end to water wars. Enabling schools to harvest, store and filter water in large quantities as part of a community-integrated approach to rainwater harvesting is a powerful concept, particularly in regions where ground and surface water resources are already under stress, says PITCHAfrica’s Founder and Director, Jane Harrison. The school is being built by PITCHAfrica in collaboration with The Zeitz Foundation, a locally based NGO. In a region with an annual rainfall of 600mm, the WATERBANK School’s 600m2 roof catchment area can harvest more than 350,000L annually and will mean that the 200-plus students who will attend the school will receive 5L a day year round. This access to clean water will mean a reduction in illness and malnutrition, fewer school absences, improved study results, encourage development and lead to a reduction in youth unemployment in the future. But, most importantly, the school will achieve greater gender equality as the girls in the community who typically spend hours collecting water will be able to attend school and do homework instead. Every child will be able to learn about economically and environmentally sustainable rainwater harvesting, water filtration, sanitation and agricultural practices while at school. In addition to four full-sized indoor/outdoor classrooms the WATERBANK School includes protected vegetable gardens for the children, teacher’s rooms, community spaces and workshop, a courtyard theatre and a 150,000L water reservoir with integrated water filtration. Winning Alliances Creating Value Four of Australasia’s most outstanding projects and maintenance alliances won awards at the region’s peak alliance contracting event in Melbourne in October. Alliancing Association of Australasia (AAA) Acting CEO Ron Quill said 2012’s Alliancing Association of Australasia’s Excellence Awards included road and water sector projects and maintenance programs that have delivered cost-efficient, high quality, timely and innovative results through team collaboration. New South Wales’ $640m, 12km Ballina Bypass Alliance won the Alliance Team of Excellence Award – Project Alliance by generating value for the New South Wales Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) and community. The project managed significant technical complexity and left a positive technical, safety, community and value-for-money legacy for future projects. New Zealand’s four-year, $166m Auckland Motorway Alliance won the Alliance Team of Excellence Award – Long Term Alliance for managing and maintaining 240 centreline kilometres of motorways and State Highways in the Auckland region. Two projects won Highly Commended awards in these two categories based on their outstanding accomplishments on difficult projects with diverse complexities. Queensland’s $1.95b, 8km Origin Alliance was Highly Commended for the Alliance Team of Excellence Award – Project Alliance. It delivered one of South-East Queensland’s most significant and complex road projects six months early and under budget, despite numerous challenges including project site inundation during the January 2011 Brisbane flood. Victoria’s five-year, $380m Barwon Water Alliance was Highly Commended for the Alliance Team of Excellence Award – Long Term Alliance. It is delivering 140 water infrastructure projects for Victoria’s largest regional urban water corporation to meet the needs of the rapidly growing Geelong and Bellarine region. Mr Quill said the alliance is exceeding expectations, delivering the largest annual program of works in Barwon Water’s 100 year history, meeting tight timeframes and completing designs at least six months before required construction start dates – unlocking procurement efficiencies and savings. For more details go to: www.AAAconvention.org Delivering innovative water, wastewater and reuse solutions. The community pools resources to dig foundations for the perimeter wall. Photocredit:NjeNgaKahiro,ZeitZFouNdatioN Public venues worldwide rely on our wastewater systems to dispose of waste or drainage quickly, quietly and efficiently. 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