AFTER a pipe failure in Coronationville, Randburg left the Bernard Isaacs Primary school with a radically reduced water supply, even after it was repaired, Durban-headquartered SBS Tanks stepped in to assist.
Delayne Gray, CEO: SBS Holdings said that with the water supply only operational outside of school hours, the school needed to bring in water for the ablution facilities for the learners.
“The head of our installation team, Martin Muller, saw the conditions that the school was operating under on the news. He was touched and knew that he had to reach out and see if the company would be able to assist,” said Gray.
Muller spoke to SBS Director Heiner Freese, who was keen to assist and agreed that the installation team could install a backup water storage tank the next week.”
Members of the SBS Durban and Gauteng installation teams fitted a 12,000-litre tank at the school in just one day. It was filled with water early the next morning when the municipal water was on, giving the school immediate access to a secure water supply for the flushing of toilets and drinking water for the learners.
According to the company, there was no need to wait for concrete to cure after the installation as the tank is constructed from Zincalume steel panels and contains a liner where the water is stored safely within the tank walls.
The tank was connected to the main municipal water feed and installed with a ball float system to ensure that it would fill during the times when the water supply is available and remain full throughout the day, providing learners with drinkable water and feeding water to the school facilities, even during hours when the water supply into the premises was cut-off.
“We are beyond thrilled with the SBS water storage tank donation,” said Principal Danny Reddy.
“We were able to officially open the taps the day after the team completed the installation. This backup water solution has been such a help to our school as we can now ensure a hygienic environment, which is especially important now during COVID-19.”