Vatulele District School

Western Division

Project Info


Project Description






Women & Children

Rainwater harvesting systems effectively catch rainfall from a network of pipes installed on the roof of a building.


When a community receives a substantial amount of rainfall and access to alternative sources of water are scarce.

Project construction duration

3 weeks (installment for 10-15 homes)

Level of maintenance

Moderate *roofs and pipes need regular cleaning at the end of every dry season.


New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade via Rotary New Zealand World Community Services Ltd

The Situation

In the past, an unprotected well was used for sanitation needs in the school community. This was closed by the public health inspector due to faecal contamination. The school headteacher requested assistance in 2012 to increase rainwater storage for sanitation use. Rotary Pacific Water first assessed the leakage situation, increased storage volume and installed a new pump that now distributes water to a raised storage tank, supplying water to the schools 10 flush toilets. This project was made possible with funding from the New Zealand Aid Programme via Rotary NZ Community Services Ltd.

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