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Front of school building

Back to front of school building

4. Gutter

Rainwater runs off this building and into the drains. The classrooms are kept dry, but the water could be collected and used in the school before it is goes into the sewage system. This would save water and save the energy used in pumping it into, around and away from the school.

The rainwater runs off the roof into gutters around the roof. These gutters could collect the rainwater in a tank. The water going into the tank would be filtered to remove leaves and rubbish and then stored until it is needed. It can then be used in toilet cisterns, washing machines and other places where water does not need to be clean and safe to drink.

Installed rainwater harvester in school