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Stop that drip
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Posted by Castleisland Community College, Ireland on 30 November 2016
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Stop that drip!
Stop that drip!

Stop that drip

                                                                            

As part of the ‘Stop that drip’ challenge, we wanted to know how much water was being wasted in our school by taps dripping and how we could reduce this amount.  We divided up into pairs and visited every room in the school to locate taps. i

As part of this challenge we also met wth our caretaker Maurice Casey to learn a bit more about the water usage in the school.  He told us that all the taps in the toilets are fitted with water efficient push button taps. The taps turn off automatically and the urinal in the boy‘s toilets are censored. This means that the water only starts flowing when someone enters the toilet area. The Art room, science labs, home economics, metalwork and the canteen are yet to be updated. 

Continuing in our investigation to see if any taps were dripping we found that:

  • Two taps in the metalwork room were dripping 0.5ml and 1ml per minute.
  • This worked out as 30 ml per hour and 60ml per hour,720ml and 1440ml per day, 262,800ml and 525,600ml per year.
  • One tap in the canteen was dripping
  • This worked out as 30ml per hour, 720ml per day and 262,800ml per year.

To further our investigation we checked the taps on Monday morning to see if there was a change in the amount of water wastage. We found that:

  • Two taps in the metalwork room were dripping 0.5ml and 2ml per minute.
  • This worked out as 30ml and 120ml per hour, 720ml and 2880ml per day, 262,800 and 1,051,200ml per year
  • The same tap in the canteen was dripping 0.5ml per minute.
  • This worked out as 30ml per hour, 720ml per day and 262,800 per year.

 

We investigated the taps and found out that that they were dripping because they were not turned off properly! They have since been turned off correctly.

We decided to design a logo for the rooms in the school that have yet to be fitted with new taps.  The logo is being placed in each of the rooms and the teachers will draw attention to the logo and the importance of turning off taps in school and at home.




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