A team of Aquascape Foundation volunteers recently returned from Uganda where they installed a 20,000 gallon rainwater harvesting system at the International Needs Network School in Kiyindi. The Foundation worked together with the I.N. Network and H2O 4 ALL on this sustainable landscape project.
The newly installed RainXchange® rainwater harvesting system will provide clean drinking water for approximately 900 school children year-round and creates the ability to prepare one hot meal per day.
Ed Beaulieu, chief sustainability officer for Aquascape, designed the school’s rainwater harvesting system to collect run-off from the roofs of 2 school buildings and a nearby medical office. Captured rainwater is passed through a sub-surface chamber where particulate matter is removed. The collected water is stored in a 15,000 gallon reservoir before passing through an ionization system into a 5,000 gallon tank where it can then be accessed by hand or electronic pump.
“We were proud to have contractors from across the country devote their time and labor to assist with the Foundation’s third installation of a rainwater harvesting system in an area lacking access to clean drinking water,” says Carla Wittstock, president of the Aquascape Foundation. “Our previous RainXchange® projects at schools in Colombia, South Africa and Ghana, Africa were met with great success.”
The Aquascape Foundation worked once again with the I.N. Network in Zeeland, Michigan to locate a school in need of clean drinking water. The I.N. Network’s mission is to connect partners in community development around the world.
Aquascape Foundation volunteers who participated in the rainwater harvesting project included foundation president Carla Wittstock, Wayne, IL; foundation vice-president, Ed Beaulieu of Aquascape, Inc. in St. Charles, IL and his wife, Ellen Beaulieu; John Adams of Modern Design Aquascaping in Friendsville, TN; Diane and Chris Baker of James Ponds in Doylestown, PA; Lisa Ballantine of Filter Pure in Elk Grove Village, IL; Odile Bartlett, Steve and Linda Kovacs, Dean Methorst, Gloria Musselle, and Timothy Muttoo of H2O 4 ALL in Canada; Kay and Mark Bleyer of I.N. Network USA in West Lafayette, IN; April Dugan of Nature Scapes in Grafton, NH; Danielle and Paul Edling of Bloodgood Landscape Corporation in Horsham, PA; Al Lentz of Lentzcaping Inc. in Warminster, PA; John and Ethan Seavers of Just Sprinklers Inc. in Albuquerque, NM; Kathy Smith of Tropical Water Gardens in Deland, FL; Chris Sturdyvin and Matthew Kinney of Chris’ Water Gardens in Homer, IL ; and Robert Lange of Thawville, IL.
For more information on the Aquascape Foundation and its mission, log onto www.aquascapefoundation.com. For information on Aquascape’s RainXchange® rainwater harvesting system, visit www.rainxchange.com.
Watch a short video showing highlights of the trip.