Bottles replace bubblers in coronavirus challenge
Bubblers and fountains at Clyde Fenton Primary School have been turned off in a bid to combat coronavirus.
Students at the Katherine-based school are now drinking from more than 200 water bottles donated by organisations in the town.
The one-litre containers have been distributed to prevent students from congregating to drink at bubblers and fountains.
Assistant principal Donna Capes said the students can now hydrate themselves while observing the social distancing protocol.
“We turned off the 25 bubblers and fountains at the school, and to discourage the children from sharing bottles we inscribed each container with the name of its owner,” she said.
“All bottle filling is supervised, and we teach the children how to keep their bottles clean.
“Anti-contamination practices are observed, such as making sure tap rims never touch bottle rims, and ensuring students run taps for three seconds to reduce the germ load in the pipe water.
“We displayed germs in a bubbler by projecting a microscope magnified view of a water swab onto a smartboard.”
Ms Capes devised the project, which attracted donations from CatholicCare NT, Sommerville, Mission Australia, School Sport NT, and Wurli-Wurlinjang Aboriginal Health Service.
“Parents are pleased we are taking coronavirus precautions seriously, and that we devised a solution that didn’t cost them any money, or require any extra work,” she said.
“Additional donations of bottles are being redirected to other schools in our region.”