2015 – School 125 Nashik
The aim of this Challenge was to improve the health giving water and sanitation facilities in a regional Indian school.
The CPC mix for this event included the local school (School 125 Nashik), 3 x international Teams (Team Basque, Team USA and Team Australia) as well as a team from the host country, Team India. The CPC is supported by IAPMO, the WorldSkills Foundation, World Plumbing Council, Indian Plumbing Association and many, many more.
The school leadership (Principals and Committee) attended the design presentations by each participating team and were asked to discuss the key aspects of each design that would best assist the school. An amended design (combining elements of all 4 schemes) was produced as the finished design to be constructed during the Community Plumbing Challenge.
Across the road from the school site was the Digital Hub, supported by Autodesk. The Hub included a team of designers and computer software experts who aimed to capture the design and construction work in digital form so it could be used on other school sites across India to train designers and construction teams.
For 30 years HH has had the goal of improving living environments to improve health and by the Challenge week’s end, 400 children and school staff had an improved school environment and the chance of better health. The school facilities upgraded during the challenge included:
- from having only 4 taps available for hand washing and a limited water supply with poor pressure, the school now has 25 working taps and hand wash drainage, 2 taps are now located in toilet areas, where none previously existed, and there is increased water tank storage capacity and better water pressure,
- from no urinal flushing being available in 2 toilet areas, resulting in a foul smell, the urinals are now flushed by re-used hand wash water drained into the urinal trough and additional push button flush taps and spreaders to wash urinal walls,
- shutters on the toilet walls that had to be kept shut for privacy have been replaced with permanently fixed louvres giving light and constant air flow through the areas,
- the 4 teams came to the event with 4 considered designs, the ideas within all the design work were combined and reworked to ensure the needs of the school were met – this meant teams had to work collaboratively each contributing to the whole,
- water meters were installed on the various branch lines of piping to assess water use, tap performance, design performance and maintenance needs and frequency – this information will be collected by school students and be invaluable if the program is to be expanded across India,
- workshops by each of the 4 teams on a trade skill, related to the water or sanitation works being completed in the school, were also delivered to classes - each team included demonstrations in bricklaying, pipe threading or making water filters,
- all the works were recorded by the Digital Hub that was set up near the school, this digital recording of all the construction details and specification of parts will be a teaching tool to allow re-use of these types of works in other Indian Schools,
- a movie by Singaporean school media students involved during the WIC was made to document all aspects of the event. Click here to view their documentaries.
Click here for the project report. [link to report download]
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