Seven schools to get rainwater cisterns

More than half a dozen additional schools in the San Francisco Unified School District are now capturing and reusing rainwater.

Seven schools will get cisterns to capture rainwater this year, the school district announced Tuesday. Fifteen schools already capture up to 5,000 gallons at their school site to save on potable water for school gardens and lower monthly bills.

Five of the seven schools will receive cisterns through the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s Rain Barrel and Cistern Discount program, which is entering its third year.

Sunnyside, Jose Ortega, Longfellow and Stevenson elementary schools will receive their systems this fall. Alice Fong Yu, Clarendon and School of the Arts elementary schools are planning their systems.

According to school district officials, since launching in 2008, Discounted Rain Barrel and Cistern Program has sold 517 discounted rain barrels and 37 cisterns.

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