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Empowering Students to Lead the Way: Water Conservation Initiatives in GSF Schools

Our schools are fully dedicated to the principles of water conservation, efficient utilization, and recycling within their premises. Monthly monitoring and measurement of our water consumption guide our ongoing efforts to use water judiciously. Furthermore, we have implemented a range of initiatives across our various campuses to minimize water wastage significantly.

As we follow a whole school approach to sustainability involves integrating sustainable practices into every aspect of a school’s operations, curriculum, and culture. This way emphasizes the importance of sustainability in education and encourages students, teachers, and staff to develop an understanding of sustainability issues and to take action to reduce their environmental impact.

Some of the key highlights of our water conservation efforts include:

Rainwater Reuse in Singapore: We have implemented an extensive rainwater harvesting system on a large scale. Massive water retention tanks, positioned five meters below the parking areas, capture and store a substantial portion of the rainwater that falls on our campuses. This stored rainwater is subsequently reused to supply water for maintaining our lush green landscapes, as well as powering our decorative water fountains and other related purposes.

NEWater Integration & Green fittings in Singapore Campus: In selected areas of our campuses, we utilize Singapore’s unique processed water, NEWater, for specific utility needs like cleaning. To further enhance water efficiency, our washrooms are equipped with green labelled fittings as per PUB (Public Utilities Board) requirements. This helps us in reducing our water consumption.

Rainwater Harvesting in Indian campuses: Many of our campuses employ rainwater harvesting systems. These systems collect rainwater from rooftops through a network of pipes, channelling it to underground recharge pits. Any excess rainwater is directed to the harvesting tank. The stored rainwater is then repurposed for landscaping and other non-potable uses.

We currently have rainwater harvesting system in GIIS Nagpur, Whitefield, Bannerghatta, Ahmedabad and Vikaasa world, Madurai ; the capacity ranges for 66000 litres to 200000 litres.

Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) in Indian campuses : Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) are designed to treat and purify wastewater generated on campus, ensuring that water discharged into the environment meets established standards for cleanliness. Sewage treatment plants treat sewage in the most effective and efficient way possible, in order to remove all impurities, pathogens, and pollutants and prevent the water from being wasted. We have a Sewage treatment facility in GIIS Nagpur, Hadapsar, Noida, Ahmedabad, Whitefield, Bannerghatta, Glendale Academy, Hyderabad and Vikaasa World, Madurai ranging from 26 Kilolitres per Day to 66 Kilolitres per Day.

Student Involvement and Impact: Beyond our institutional initiatives, our students are the driving force behind water conservation, actively promoting it not only within our school but also in their own homes. They are the face of our commitment to sustainability

Here are some practical ways in which our students contribute for water conservation initiatives :

  • Raise Awareness: Our students and staff have done numerous educational campaigns to inform fellow students and teachers about the critical importance of water conservation.
  • Smart Actions to conserve water: Some actions our schools promote for our students to Save Water, Smartly and Sustainably. Some of those are
    • Turn off Taps: There are reminders and posters in schools to promote the responsible use of water by ensuring that taps are fully turned off after use.
    • Use of Reusable water bottles: We encourage the adoption of reusable water bottles as a sustainable alternative to disposable plastic bottles, thereby reducing plastic waste and conserving water resources. Shorter Showers: Advocate for shorter shower durations among family members to reduce water consumption.
  • Fix Leaks: There have been kaizen and QC projects related to promptly report and address any leaks in faucets, toilets, or pipes at schools and at home. We have achieved remarkable results with these projects
  • Student projects: Our students have undertaken captivating projects centred on water conservation and purification. One particularly intriguing endeavour involved the use of durian husks, a fruit by-product, for water purification, yielding impressive results.

Pic 1 : Student colouring awareness poster

Pic 2: Project using Durian husk for water purification

By actively participating in these water conservation initiatives both at school and at home, students make a significant contribution to safeguarding our precious water resources for future generations. These initiatives provide practical experiences and valuable lessons that go beyond textbooks, fostering a sense of responsibility and environmental consciousness

GSF Team

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