Staff Reporter

Schoolchildren now get drinking water supply on the premises

BANGALORE: "Now we have drinking water at our school," said Usha and Smitha, students of the Government Higher Primary School in Jaibhuvaneshwarinagar of Nandini Layout in the city.

Their joy is understandable. These students, who are provided midday meals at the school till now had to go home for water after their lunch. "We can not only drink water after eating now but also wash our plates, thanks to the rainwater harvesting technique adopted here," said another student.

Members of the Bangalore City Shakasharata Samiti in coordination with a team of eight students from various colleges in England have installed a rainwater harvesting system at the school.

Health and Family Welfare Minister R. Ashok inaugurated the system on Wednesday.

Mr. Ashok called upon Bangaloreans to adopt rainwater-harvesting technique in their homes and offices.

"It is unfortunate that we are wasting rainwater by letting it into the drains. The day is not far when we may have to recycle wastewater for drinking purposes," he said.

Vishwanath from Rainwater Club explained the importance and techniques of rainwater harvesting.

Most of the students, who were curious to know more about rainwater harvesting, got their doubts cleared from Mr. Vishwanath.

Secretary of the Bangalore City Shakasharata Samiti M.H. Sridhar Murthy said that the system had been installed at a cost of Rs. 65,000. "While the England team, which has come down to Bangalore as part of their social work project, has contributed Rs. 25,000, we have mobilised the rest," he said.

Mr. Sridhar said: "This school has over 400 students. But they had no water to drink so far."