Eco-h2o Water Conservation Systems

All you need to know about rainwater harvesting and saving water

How to SAVE water

The average household consumes approximately 240lt of water per person per day. That means that for a household with four people in it, 960lt of water is used every day which equates to 350’400lt per year!

How is this usage broken down? Would you believe that only 3% of your total water consumed is used for drinking and cooking? The rest is used for the garden (35%), toilet flushing (29%), bathing/ showering (20%) and for laundry (13%).  If we convert these percentages to volumes, the average home uses 122’640lt per year to water the garden, 101’616lt to flush your toilet, 70’080lt to keep ourselves clean and 45’552lt to keep our clothes clean! The other 10’512lt per year is used for drinking and cooking.

Eco-h2o Water Conservation looks to match water quality with application. Municipal water for drinking (for now anyway but this could change), rainwater for showering, toilet flushing and laundry and lastly, grey water for garden irrigation. A combination of all of our systems can save you up to 90% on your water bills!


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May 10, 2016 at 11:13 am Comments (0)

SA’s looming water crisis – the less we have, the dirtier it is

Photo: Residents push a wheelbarrow with water containers leaving a water distribution point in the rural farming town of Senekal, South Africa, 10 February 2016. EPA/SHIRAAZ MOHAMED

Our rivers are awash with sewage, and we are soon going to be running short of water. HEALTH-E’s Kerry Cullinan reports on a looming health crisis.

A swim in a lagoon on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast cost historian RW Johnson his leg in 2009. Flesh-eating bacteria entered a cut on his foot, causing necrotising fasciitis – a terrifying condition in which bacteria poison the connective fascia tissue at a rapid rate. The condition kills at least half of all those it infects. (more…)

May 9, 2016 at 1:04 pm Comments (0)

Rainwater Harvesting Systems

Rainwater harvesting systems can look and sound complicated but it is actually an easy and ancient method to simply catch free water from the sky.  The water harvested is stored in tanks to use in households for watering the garden, flushing toilets, showering, washing clothes and cars and topping up pools and ponds.

 

  • If you own your property and intend to stay put, a Rainwater Harvesting system is a great investment. Water bills are set to rise with more regular and higher price hikes and your initial Rainwater harvesting system investment will repay itself handsomely over the medium term.

 

  • If you have a large garden, there are more than 3 people living in your house and everyone is reliant on municipal water (i.e. metered supply), you will benefit from a Rainwater Harvesting system.

 

  • If you have a modern kitchen and more than one bathroom, chances are that you would be saving money if you start using rainwater instead of municipal water.

 

  • As Rainwater Harvesting reduces surface water, it will reduce the likelihood of flooding on your property by up to 60%.

 

  • Rainwater is better for your garden as it has a balanced ph and is free of chemicals such as chlorine.

 

  • The running costs of Rainwater Harvesting system are low as the system is uncomplicated and extremely reliable.

 

  • JoJo Tanks carry an 8-year warranty and are subjected to rigorous testing to ensure that they offer guaranteed quality and are able to store the heavy water loads required.

 

  • Water tanks are extremely efficient collectors: a 50sqm roof can harvest up to 23 000L of water per year.

 

  • Up to 86% of household water needs can be met through rainwater harvesting.

 

  • Rainwater Harvesing is planet friendly and reduces your carbon footprint.

 

 

For more information, call me on 083 654 9613 or e-mail me on sarah@eco-h2o.co.za

 

 

April 6, 2016 at 2:51 pm Comments (0)

Water scarcity problems

According to the Water Efficiency Report released by ActionAid South Africa on Tuesday, big business should be taking the lead in helping to deal with the country’s water crisis. Because of the threat that water scarcity problems pose to both the social and economic stability of the republic, it urges industry to become involved, at least as much as government, in addressing the issue.

Perhaps there is even a space for a water innovation industry to sprout, much as the renewable energy industry has burgeoned in the face of policy uncertainty and pressing need. (more…)

April 6, 2016 at 11:45 am Comments (0)

Rainwater Harvesting

Rainwater Harvesting.

 

We are faced with a water crisis due to the scarcity of usable water resources. In world terms, only three percent of all water on Earth is freshwater and most of this is frozen in the ice caps. In South Africa, there are no more rivers that could be dammed to store fresh water. Our existing dams are being polluted and the threat of Acid Mine Drainage will only compound the problem in Gauteng. (more…)

March 14, 2016 at 2:05 pm Comments (0)

How to save water without changing your lifestyle.

How to save water without changing your lifestyle.

The average household consumes approximately 240lt of water per person per day. That means that for a household with four people in it, 960lt of water is used every day which equates to 350’400lt per year!

How is this usage broken down? Would you believe that only 3% of your total water consumed is used for drinking and cooking? The rest is used for the garden (35%), toilet flushing (29%), bathing/ showering (20%) and for laundry (13%). If we covert these percentages to volumes, the average home uses 122’640lt per year to water the garden, 101’616lt to flush your toilet, 70’080lt to keep ourselves clean and 45’552lt to keep our clothes clean! The other 10’512lt per year is used for drinking and cooking.

Eco-h2o Water Conservation look to match water quality with application. Municipal water for drinking (for now anyway but this could change), rainwater for showering, toilet flushing and laundry and lastly, grey water for garden irrigation. A combination of all of our systems can save you up to 90% on your water bills!

Broken down into each application, we look at the various ways to save water.

Toilet flushing.

An average cistern holds approximately 10lt and is emptied each time the toilet is flushed. Our Multi-Flush toilet mechanism allows you to control the amount of water used each time you flush the toilet. In some instances, clearing the pan requires as little as 1lt for men and 2lt for women. As you can see, each flush can save you 8lt which adds up very quickly. If each person flushes twice per day, your saving is 23’360lt of water per year!

Grey water reuse.

Our Greywater System collects water from baths, showers, hand basins and washing machines. No “black water” can be used i.e.: toilet water, dishwashers and kitchen sinks. If we look at the figures above, showering/bathing and laundry combined total some 115’632lt per year. This grey water is then pumped to the garden keeping it watered all year round at no extra cost. We have already established that we use approximately 122’640lt per year on keeping our gardens watered so the water needed for the garden is reduced to 7’008lt per year.

Rainwater harvesting.

If you harvest your rainwater, your water savings are even bigger as the water you harvest is used for bathing, showering, laundry and toilet flushing. Rainfall is seasonal, but for the rainy months, you could be self sufficient in terms of water supply. Rainwater is collected from your downpipes through our Rain Runner filters which remove leaves, dirt and debris that may have accumulated on your roof between rains, thus ensuring that only clean water enters your rainwater tank. Municipal water is introduced to the tank as well ensuring you a backup water supply if there is no rain or municipal water in your area.

Eco-h2o Water Conservation has 7 years’ experience in water conservation with over 2000 installations (residential and commercial) countrywide.

For a free quote contact Sarah on sarah@eco-h2o.co.za or visit www.eco-h2o.co.za for more information.

March 9, 2016 at 3:54 pm Comments (0)

Acid mine drainage is still a problem

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JOHANNESBURG – Eyewitness News has learned government spent R25 million on a ‘feasibility report’ to establish a long-term solution for acid mine drainage, but two years later the report’s findings have not been implemented.

In 2012, urgent concerns were raised that millions of litres of acid mine water under Johannesburg would flood (more…)

February 11, 2016 at 1:12 pm Comments (0)

The price of water needs to go up

Proposed revisions to South Africa’s water pricing strategy are as broad as they are complex, but what is clear is that water will become significantly more expensive in the future.

The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWAS) has gazetted a draft of the revised water pricing strategy, which outlines a theoretical framework that would engender a fully functioning water eco-system. The 2013 document has led the discussion on how South Africa can reduce the financial burden on municipalities, which are required by law (more…)

January 14, 2016 at 9:11 pm Comments (0)

The “Drinkable Book” for treating water

A book with pages that can be torn out to filter drinking water has proved effective in its first field trials.

The “drinkable book” combines treated paper with printed information on how and why water should be filtered.

Its pages contain nanoparticles of silver or copper, which kill bacteria in the water as it passes through.

In trials at 25 contaminated water sources in South Africa, Ghana and Bangladesh, the paper successfully removed more than 99% of bacteria.

The resulting levels of contamination are similar to US tap water, the researchers say. Tiny amounts of silver or copper also leached into the water, but these were well below safety limits.

The results were presented at the 250th national meeting of the American Chemical Society in Boston, US.

Dr Teri Dankovich, a postdoctoral researcher at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, developed and tested the technology for the book over several years, working at McGill University in Canada and then at the University of Virginia. (more…)

August 17, 2015 at 6:04 pm Comments (0)

The new ‘water’ tight plan for a leaking economy

The new plan which will be launched soon will save water, billions of rands and create thousands of jobs.

President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday said a plan to save water and billions of rands in losses, and create thousands of jobs, will be launched in Port Elizabeth at the end of the month.

The president was speaking on a range of issues from the state of the economy to job losses, as well as the electricity crisis and the new visa regulations. He gave  feedback at the presidential guesthouse on the promises he made during his State of the Nation Address in February.

Zuma said government is ready to launch its plan to save billions of rands lost through leaking taps.   “Government will train 15,000 artisans and plumbers who will fix leaking taps in their communities.”  He said government will continue with its five-point water and sanitation plan.   “Maintain and upgrade existing water and sanitation infrastructure, build new dams and develop ground water.”

The president said water is a critical resource to ensure economic development.

‘ECONOMIC GROWTH WILL IMPROVE’

Zuma on Tuesday said as South Africa addresses the current energy crisis, economic growth will steadily improve.

He said once energy constraints ease, economic growth is expected to reach three percent within the next three years, adding that substantial progress has been made at Eskom to resolve the energy crisis.

Zuma also said renewable energy projects will provide an additional 6,000 megawatts in the next three years.

Eco-H2o is a water conservation company that would be able to assist you with rainwater harvesting systems, greywater reuse systems, back-up water supply systems, pool back-wash recycling systems and toilet flushing systems.   When you have our systems installed in your home not only could you reduce your water bill by up to 90%, you will also never be without water.  We are also suppliers of JoJo water tanks.

August 12, 2015 at 9:20 am Comments (0)

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