Green move wins praise for school

South Western Times - - News -

SIG­NIF­I­CANT wa­ter ef­fi­ciency changes to re­duce scheme wa­ter use has earned Bun­bury Cathe­dral Gram­mar School State-level recog­ni­tion.

The school’s re­cent ini­tia­tives in­clude a ma­jor leak de­tec­tion pro­gram, up­grades of scheme wa­ter to bore wa­ter and the in­stal­la­tion of a 180 kilo­watt so­lar panel sys­tem.

Act­ing head of school Matthew O’Brien said the school’s sus­tain­abil­ity ap­proach was a team ef­fort that would con­tinue and de­velop through its wa­ter man­age­ment and so­lar panel sys­tem projects.

“These up­grades en­able us to match wa­ter type to wa­ter us­age to im­ple­ment close mon­i­tor­ing for the ear­lier de­tec­tion of un­ex­plained wa­ter loss or use,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Our so­lar panel sys­tem will achieve sig­nif­i­cant sav­ings and re­cover its cost of in­stal­la­tion within three years which will re­duce the school’s en­ergy im­pact.”

Wa­ter Min­is­ter Dave Kelly con­grat­u­lated the school for its im­prove­ments in wa­ter ef­fi­ciency in re­cent months.

“These changes will de­liver long-term ben­e­fits to the school and is a demon­stra­tion that ev­ery­one in the com­mu­nity has a role to play to save pre­cious wa­ter in our dry­ing cli­mate,” Mr Kelly said.

Col­lie-Pre­ston MLA Mick Mur­ray com­mended the school for tak­ing on a lead­er­ship role for the wider Gelorup com­mu­nity.

“This ini­tia­tive will not only suc­ceed in sig­nif­i­cantly re­duc­ing Bun­bury Cathe­dral Gram­mar’s own wa­ter con­sump­tion, it will in­stil pos­i­tive habits in stu­dents which they can carry with them into later life,” Mr Mur­ray said.

The school ex­pects to save more than 10 mil­lion litres of scheme wa­ter each year.

Our so­lar panel sys­tem will achieve sig­nif­i­cant sav­ings – Matthew O’Brien

Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler Photo avail­able at west­

Bun­bury Cathe­dral Gram­mar stu­dents Char­lotte Dunn, Anna Gather­cole, Char­lotte Lind­say, all 8, and Lucinda O’Brien, 7, work on the school’s wa­ter ef­fi­cient gar­den.

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