I love the rain. It cleanses the city. Everything looks and smells clean and fresh. My biggest problem, though, with the rain is that so much of it goes to waste. With Israel’s future rain forcasts in question waiting for rain can be nerve-wracking. And when it finally comes, so much of it goes to waste. It’s sad.
If there were a way to collect all of that rain and make sure that it goes where it needs to go… Now we’re talking! If we could collect all of the water that falls in the streets and rooftops of a city during a rainy season, could we live off of that for the coming year?
The TALI Geulim Elementary School in the Geulim (Baka) neighborhood of Jerusalem is doing it’s best to see if that can happen. This past Friday morning about 20 parents of children in the school gathered with giant plastic cisterns, meters of rubber tubing, a ladder and some tools to build a rain-collecting system on the school’s roof to replace the water supply used in the toilets and gardening.
This is part of two projects that the school is running: the first, religious, and the second, environmental. Fifth grader Ori Tenne explained that they had learned about the water situation in Israel already. “There isn’t a lot of water in Israel and so we need to conserve and not waste it and we are saving water here. A man came and explained how there wasn’t enough water getting to Lake Kinneret,”
I have always believed that the education system has a huge impact on our society. It’s wonderful to see such leaders in this area, environment, where we need change the most. From this project in Geulim to the curriculum changes in Bet Shemesh, we need to take a page out of their books and implement these programs at home and at work!