This week, Durrell is proud to announce that the conservation charity is the latest local organisation to use harvested rainwater for flushing toilets, thanks to support from Royal Bank of Canada.

This is just one of a series of water related initiatives put in place across the park with the £40,000 donation received through the RBC Blue Water Project™. In addition to capturing and re-using rainwater, other recently introduced water saving measures include the installation of new guttering to reduce water runoff from roofs at the Orangutan enclosure, the provision of storage tanks to capture and store rainwater from other rooftops and the installation of meters that will enable the team to monitor the use of rainwater across the 32 acre site.      

Along with the water consumption saving measures at the Trinity HQ, the Durrell Education Team has also been on the road delivering assemblies to over 2000 school children across the Island. The team explained the importance of wetlands on biodiversity, explored how water is used and discussed why we need to conserve this precious natural resource.

Oliver Johnson CEO at Durrell said, “We are hugely grateful to the Royal Bank of Canada, this generous support has enabled us to introduce a range of methods with which we can monitor and reduce water use within the park; but it goes deeper than that, we're delighted to also be able to promote responsible water usage to Islanders both at the park and through our education programme.”  

The RBC Blue Water Project is a 10-year global commitment to help provide access to drinkable, swimmable, fishable water, now and for future generations.

Francis Binney, Environmental Officer, RBC Wealth Management commented, “Good water management is vital to any organisation that wishes to remain sustainable in the coming decades so it’s fantastic to be supporting Durrell in lowering the water and energy footprint and helping ensure their long term sustainability.”