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60% Water Consumed Outside of School Hours

Published by Ken Nunes on 14/09/2018

May 2018 fhp
Water consumption in Schools in Johannesburg is a serious issue, particularly considering the ongoing water shortages in parts of South Africa.
Importantly, schools can very quickly discover their water consumption and cost over the past 2 to 3 years through Municipal Invoice Analysis, one of the fundamental objectives of Firstlook™. 

Having studied the Municipal accounts of almost 150 schools over the last 4 years, we can say with some confidence that the average water consumption in schools (invoiced by Municipalities) is:
  • 6,600 KL is Primary Schools
  • 12,150 KL in Secondary/High Schools
The worrying trend however, is that through a Manual Water Monitoring programme recently carried out in 10 schools in Johannesburg, we discovered that more than 50% of water is being consumed during the hours of 4PM and 7AM, which we refer to as OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL HOURS. In the above example, 66% of water consumed is OUTSIDE School Hours, whilst a mere 34% DURING School Hours.
 
Manual Water Monitoring is an extremely cost effective exercise, which all schools should adopt as part of their efficiency and cost saving strategy for 2019.

For further details, contact us on 011 534 8695 or by e-mail: mail@suntricity.co.za