- Nagambie, Australia
- July 2018
In the summer, it gets very hot in Nagambie. So hot that the students at Nagambie Primary School need to call on a barrel in the staff room fridge to get access to chilled water. In a school where soft drinks and juices are banned, and with only bubblers in one location, access to cool drinking water is a challenge. The Grade 6 kids took it upon themselves to raise the funds for a water chiller, and when local plumber Peter Willis was asked to install it, he thought their efforts should be rewarded with a grant to cover the installation. The water chiller in the primary school will support not only the students, but also members of the local community who use the grounds for things like Auskick and Junior Cricket.
Having a water chiller means the kids can fill their bottles and take them to wherever they’re playing. It keeps them healthy, drinking water in the hotter months.
Peter’s somewhat of an institution around Nagambie. He’s been a plumber since he was 16 and spent 20 years as a plumbing inspector with the local Water Board. He’s 70 now and still working in the industry, although he admits it’s mostly on maintenance these days. He put the gas and sewer through the Mt Hotham ski resort in the 80s and is rumoured to know everything there is to know about plumbing.