After years of drought, the Matapalo ASADA (water board) was forced to ration water to protect the diminished supply. As a result, the local elementary school was often without water during the school day. This made it particularly difficult for the school cook to prepare meals for the children. Many local families living in poverty rely on this food for their children everyday. The school did have an extra tank, but it was unsanitary and lacked a proper lead, leading to contamination from dirt and pests.
In early April 2015, a water tank and tower were donated to the school to ensure that the students and staff would always have access to water, even when the local water supply was turned off.