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100 Cape schools to save 1000s of litres with new water saving initiative

CapeTalk and Shoprite have partnered in a special campaign aimed at saving water at schools across Cape Town.

The campaign involves the installation of a special water monitoring device called the Dropula, at schools. This device is designed by Prof Thinus Booysen, a lecturer at Stellenbosch University.

The Dropula monitors water usage and flow. It is a smart meter that attaches to the municipal meters that supply the school. The information is disseminated and sent to the teachers, head masters and the children for them to see their consumption level.

The school will also have access to a dashboard which alerts them to a sudden changes or problem with water usage or flow. Once there's an alert a maintenance team is dispatched to the site (school, business etc) to pinpoint the fault.

The device has been installed in 6 schools to date.

Watch the partnership announcement below:

We have seen significant saving through that... we are at 5.2 million litres that we have saved in the last couple of months.

Prof Thinus Booysen, Senior Lecturer at University of Stellenbosch

We have achieved R50 000 savings a month at Hector Petersen High School and at a school in Stellenbosch we saved about R30 000 a month.

Prof Thinus Booysen, Senior Lecturer at University of Stellenbosch

Pieter Engelbrecht, CEO of the Shoprite Group says when they heard of what Prof Booysen was doing, they wanted to get involved.

He says Shoprite is not just about making money but they are a business with a heart. Through their initiative

We Act For Change have been trying to do their bit in saving water and the smart meters came just at the right time. Everyday that we save a litre of water it pushes Day Zero out.

Pieter Engelbrecht, CEO of the Shoprite Group

Secondly, if we could add R50 000 to the schools financials, it goes a long way for the learners.

Pieter Engelbrecht, CEO of the Shoprite Group

To hear the rest of the interview, listen below:


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