Remember as kids how we would drill holes on our water bottles with a compass just to splash water on our friends?
Or how we would intentionally save water till the end of the day to have water fights?
While it was all fun at the time, it did lead to the wastage of clean drinking water. Something that is perhaps easier to understand now, as our villages and cities grapple with acute water shortage.
But one school in Mumbai is helping turn the tide with a small yet commendable initiative.
To help its students imbibe the practice of water conservation, the Vidyanidhi Educational Complex has started a water bank on their school premises.
According to a report in DNA, at the end of each day, the students pour the water left in their bottles in one of the storage drums. The bank has been christened the ‘camel water storage’.
Explaining the process, a Class 5 student, Laxmi Shetty, said, “We store the leftover water from our water bottles in the water bank. Every child has to do this without fail before leaving the school.”
Also, the school has created a squad of 20 students from classes five to ten who have been delegated the responsibility of patrolling the school taps throughout the day. They check if any of the taps are left open or are leaking, before and after recess, and also at the end of the day.
The school principal, Priyanka Rajani, added how the school makes the students take an oath about conserving water each day. In addition, the students in the patrol squad are also given badges to put on their uniforms.
“We also make sure the students store water from their bottles in the camel water bank and don’t throw it out while going home,” she told DNA.
Speaking about the impact of the novel initiative, which is a part of the Swachh Bharat Mission, Dr Kitida Mehta, Secretary, Vidyanidhi Educational Complex, said, “We used to pay Rs 20,000 every month to get (a) potable water tanker for the school. Now, this initiative is not just helping to save water but also creating awareness among children.”
What a simple and replicable model of saving water, isn’t it?
Let’s hope this Children’s Day, this initiative inspires many more schools to do their bit towards water conservation!
(Edited by Shruti Singhal)