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World Water Day – One school’s mission to save every drop

With dams sitting at 53% capacity, the City of Cape Town has relaxed water restrictions even further. While Day Zero may be a thing of the past (for now), this hasn’t stopped Cape Town’s Riverside College from their mission to save water. Raising awareness for World Water Day, which takes place on 22 March, the school has installed a water filtration system on their new school premises.

“Not only do we use the system to produce clean drinking water, we also use it for flushing toilets as well as watering fields and flowerbeds in our school,” says Riverside College’s principal Dave Swart. “We want to save as much water as possible.”

Based in Burgundy Estate in Cape Town northern suburbs, the water system provides salt-free, drinkable water at a rate of 500-litres per hour. Water is pumped from a borehole to various underground water tanks, then filtered through pipes until it is at an acceptable standard for human consumption.

“We place a strong focus on educating our learners on the importance of being water savvy. We teach them actionable ways they can cut down their water consumption,” says Swart. “Learners are not only encouraged to save water at school, but to implement the habits taught to them in the classroom at home too.”

Committed to teaching learners about the social and environmental issues that affect society, Riverside College offers primary and high school education to learners. For more info about the school, visit, like their Facebook page (@RiversideCollege) or follow them on Instagram (@riversidecollege_cpt).





Distributed by Be-cause Integrated Communications:

Kyra Frank

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On behalf of Riverside College

Founder and Director: Elana Edwards


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