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Kingspan Water: Helping to Educate Young People in Sustainable Water Use

Posted: Friday 9th September 2011

The Ferny Crofts Scout Activity Centre, set in the beautiful New Forest, has just installed a rainwater harvesting system as part of its wider drive towards greater sustainability.

The system, a Kingspan Water Envireau, will collect rainwater from the roof of the Centre via the guttering and store it in a 3000-litre underground storage tank, before passing it into the bathrooms to flush all its WCs. If, at any point, there has been insufficient rainfall to meet demand, the Envireau will automatically default to using mains water, ensuring total continuity of supply.

The aim is to reduce the Centre’s reliance on mains water, through estimated savings of up to 85 per cent of mains water usage each year. But there is also wider focus at the Centre on educating the next generation on the importance of sustainable living.

Donna Neseyif, the Centre manager, says: “Young people are attracted to Ferny Crofts by the outdoor activities available such as Zip Wire and High Ropes. While they are on-site we promote caring for the environment and sustainability.

“We have the workings of our ground source heat pump and solar panels on display behind a glass panel in the ‘Outdoor Classroom’. Rainwater harvesting is another exciting step for us and we are hoping to include it within this educational display.”

Adrian Gatford, Kingspan Water’s National Sales Manager, says: “The Envireau rainwater harvesting system comes with filters, underground storage, and the opportunity to pass the rainwater captured safely back into a building for a variety of non-drinking uses including flushing loos and washing vehicles.

“But lowering individual water consumption means more than simply investing in the latest equipment. It means changing mindsets and behaviours: educating the adults-of-tomorrow to value a resource that earlier generations have too often wasted.”

The Centre purchased the Envireau system from The Graham Group in Southampton.

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