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Għargħur Primary inaugurates Project to Replenish the Water Table

Għargħur Primary School inaugurated the “Qatra Qatra” Project aimed at replenishing the water table and provide students with a great learning experience.

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Funded by HSBC Water Programme – Catch the Drop Campaign, the main aim of the Qatra Qatra project was to install a GEO-INF system rainwater infiltration system to recover rainwater that was currently being wasted and ending up in the streets of Għargħur. Rainwater falling on a substantial part of Għargħur Primary School’s roof is being drained into a buffer tank, run into a gravel filter and eventually discharged into the borehole to replenish the water table. Hydrologist Marco Cremona estimates that a total of 35,000 litres a year will be discharged into the water table.

At the launch event organised by students and teachers, Maria Regina College Principal Mr Patrick Decelis emphasized the importance of embedding the curriculum in a real-world context. This project raised awareness on the hydrology and geology of the Maltese islands, with a particular focus on the geology in Għargħur, where the school is located. The project also educated the students on national water issues and helped make students appreciate the value of this scarce water resource.

Ruben Overend, a School Council Parents’ representative said that the Qatra Qatra project was the result of active parent involvement in a school which believes that student success is a shared interest of both school and family, and envisions parents as partners in the learning process.

The Qatra Qatra Project consisted of various stages. The first part was an information session held by Ing Marco Cremona to give the students and the members of staff an overview of the project and its aims. This was followed by the drilling of a 20m deep borehole and the installation of the draining system and buffer tank and the connection of all the parts. The most challenging part of the project was getting the required machinery inside the schoolyard. This whole process was documented voluntarily by Mediacoop and the resulting Qatra Qatra Project video was produced.

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The GEO-INF system itself requires little maintenance and does not require any electricity. The system is expected to last a number of years, during which time successive students will benefit from the presence of a functional system that crosscuts various subjects as science, social studies, geology, hydrology, water conservation and environmental science. The rainwater infiltration design is the intellectual property of Sustech Consulting of Gżira, Malta, whose GEO-INF project won the Malta Innovation Award 2014, and was a finalist in the most prestigious environmental award in the world, the Energy Globe Award.

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