Improving Access to Safe Drinking Water
Marist Brothers Primary School Mulivai, Apia, was founded in 1888 and plays an integral part in the Samoan education system. Occupying its original location in the heart of Apia, student enrolment levels have swelled to 629 students.
The current drinking area consists of a concrete block in which there are 10 spouts to serve the entire school. All ten spouts flow with water when one is used which leads to extreme water wastage and has caused the area to become unhygienic and unsafe.
The school approached Australian Marist Solidarity for assistance in providing a cleaner and safer drinking area for their students. The aim is to purchase three water tanks and install them in various locations around the school. This will not only increase the availability of drinking areas but provide the students with clean, bacteria free water.
By harvesting the abundant natural rainwater, Marist Brothers Primary School will be able to reduce their ongoing costs, improve environmental sustainability and improve their students health and hygiene.