Rotary International Grant Allows for Construction of Full Cycle Water System and Waste to Fuel Biodigester.
The Nambale Magnet School will soon start the implementation of a full cycle water system thanks to a grant request funded by Rotary International.
The water situation in third world countries due to the effects of global warming is worsening. As the climate gets hotter, areas on the equator such as the Nambale Magnet School are especially vulnerable to water shortages. Additionally, the storms become more intense and destructive. The situation is reaching proportions that is turning water into the gold standard for third world countries.
The Nambale Magnet School has a 55 foot hand dug well and two cisterns. This was sufficient when there were only 30 children and a small staff. In the past 9 years, the student population has grown to 350 with 48 staff members and a full working farm. The current system, couples with unreliable weather patterns has caused great challenges for the school.
Rotary International understands the implications of this and launched a water initiative globally. After a lengthy application process, the Nambale Magnet School was recently awarded a $128,000 grant of which $98,400 will be used to improve and upgrade its water supply and produce a full recycle sustainable water system. The remaining $29,600 was applied towards building a Waste to Fuel Biodigester which will be constructed at the same time as the full water cycle system.
Project features to the new full cycle water system include:
Provides clean, safe potable water for human & livestock consumption, cooking, bathing, washing of dishes & clothes as well as excess water may be sold to the surrounding communities at the minimal price in an effort to assist in overall costs of operating and maintaining the system.
Grey Water Recycling
Estimated 50% or more reduction of potable water consumption by using it to flush toilets, wash floors and animal units, irrigate vegetation in greenhouses and open farm land for food production wash vehicles.
A drip system used to distribute treated grey waters throughout the greenhouses and farmland to increase the production of fruits and vegetables. Excess produce can be sold providing an additional source of income and improving upon the schools overall goal of sustainability.
Waste to Fuel Biodigester
Eco-friendly, efficient sanitation system process produces methane & carbon dioxide gases yielding a clean source of fuel for cooking, lighting, etc while producing a rich slurry providing an organic fertilizer for the fruit and vegetable agriculture.
Renewable Energy Sources
In order to make all the new systems work in unison, we also need to focus on providing clean, renewable energy sources including but not limited to solar power, gravity, biogas fuel and manual pumps (for backup) will be incorporated to power these systems and to make everything work.