Since 2003, the Ontario government has invested $11.6 billion to make schools better places to learn. In partnership with the Ministry of Research and Innovation, the Ministry of Education is investing over $20 million to pilot a variety of innovative green products and technologies in over 150 Ontario schools through the Green Schools Pilot Initiative. The goal of this investment is part of Ontario’s efforts to reduce environmental footprints in its publicly funded schools, making them better places for students to learn and succeed in the future. Water is an important part of this initiative because the average school uses approximately 80,000 liters (22,000 gallons) of water per day. Therefore, school boards have recognized that the way they manages water can both reduce water expenses while at the same time have a significant impact on their region’s watershed.
This is one of the reasons why Greyter Water Systems’ water recycling technology was selected to be included in the Ontario Green Schools program and installed in seven schools across the province*. An example of a recent installation is the Greyter Systems solution installed at St. Cecilia Catholic Elementary School.
This solution is a combination Greywater Recycling and Rainwater Harvesting system that is used to supply water for both toilet flushing and irrigation. The design called for two separate yet integrated systems that provide the most intelligent use of available reclaimed water and maximum efficiency based upon availability of water and usage patterns. Greywater is collected from hand sinks and water fountains in the central group of washrooms in the school while rainwater is collected from the main roof section of the building and stored in tanks separate from the greywater storage tank. “With more than 2,500 publicly funded schools being made more efficient to save energy and reduce costs, we look forward to the opportunity in helping Ontario schools manage their water more efficiently,” said President and co-Founder Chris Thompson.
* the other 6 Ontario schools include:
- Pineview Elementary (Halton District School Board Region)
- Limehouse Elementary (Halton District School Board)
- St. Charles College (Sudbury Catholic District School Board)
- St. Raphael (Sudbury Catholic District School Board)
- Felix Ricard CSD catholique du Nouvel (French Catholic)
- St. Charles Borromee CSD catholique du Nouvel (French Catholic)