Water Security, what you can do

This is how can Eco-h2o Water Conservation Systems can help you save water, money and give you the water security you need.

 

Rainwater Harvesting System

 

The Rainwater harvesting system will divert and sieve the rainwater from your roof though a self-cleaning filter box fitted to your downpipe and fill your water tank.  From your water tank the water is then pumped (via an in-line filter) to the entire property. There is a municipal top-up on the tank set at your required level (around 1’000ℓ) ensuring you are never without water. This will reduce your dependence on the main water supply.

 

The system guarantees you water at all times by allowing the introduction of mains water should you run out of rainwater.

 

Back-up Water Supply System

 

 

A back-up water supply system gives you an uninterrupted water supply.  Giving you the peace of mind that even when the municipal water is cut, you will have at least two days’ supply (size of tank dependant) to be able to run the home or office.

 

We install a water tank with a municipal mains top-up using a high pressure ball valve, so when the tank is full the valve shuts off and prevents the tank from overflowing. This allows you to fill the tank with municipal water and pump it back into the home or office at a constant pressure and flow rate.  The pump we use is a German made pump with a curve of 80 ℓ per minute at a 3.8 bar pressure.  We install a manifold override to allow you to switch between tank water and mains water, giving you control over the entire water system for your home or office, the manifold has non-return valves and a pressure relief valve to make the whole system safe to use in any home or office.

 

The system would need to be run continuously or at least every 2 weeks (whether there was a water cut or not) to allow fresh water to fill up the tanks.

 

Greywater Re-use System

 

A greywater system allows you to water your garden with grey water, which is usually discarded down the drain. 

Greywater is defined as: water from your bath, shower, washing machine and had basins. 

This water is diverted via the filter into a pump chamber, from where it is automatically pumped along a hose pipe and sprinkler onto your garden via a pyramid sprinkler.  This means that while you are taking a shower your garden is simultaneously being watered. 

The Greywater system is a very cost effective way of conserving water and has an average saving of up to 35% of your water use.

 

SA is at a critical time for water & sanitation planning

South Africa is at a critical time for water and sanitation planning, according to Trevor Balzer, deputy director general: strategic and emergency projects at the Department of Water and Sanitation.

Addressing the Annual Water Stewardship Summit in Sandton on Monday, Balzer echoed calls earlier this year by the department’s Deputy Minister Pamela Tshwete that big businesses should assist in funding sustainable development projects.

Calls went out at the summit for the financial sector to look at ways to support efforts to close the water services infrastructure funding gap of about R30bn per year.
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How secure is our water resources?

The scarcity of water resources is not overstated.

 

A 2016 report by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) indicated South Africa receives half of the world average for rainfall, and that water demand would increase by 32 per cent by 2030.

In a local context, water deficit is a very real phenomenon.

 

At uThukela Water’s AGM earlier this year, infographics showed even a 1.5 per cent growth factor would result in water deficits for Amajuba District by around 2030.

Thus the need to preserve this resource is paramount.
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2017/2018 Water and Sewage Tariffs

Water & Sewer increase by 12.2%

Here are the new increases in our water and sewage:  The average household will now be paying and additional 12.2% and no longer gets the first 6kl free.

Here is the break down on what this means to you the home owner:

The average house hold uses 250ℓ of water per person per day: 7’750ℓ per person per month.  If you are a family of 4 people, that means your monthly usage with be around 31’000ℓ per month (31kl).  That means you will now be paying R29.22 per kilolitre, bringing your water bill to around R500 – R600 per month for water only with the additional sewage charge of between R334 – R506, it starts to add up quickly.

There is a solution to save you money and to save our most precious resource:

RAINWATER HARVESTING SYSTEM

 Our Rainwater harvesting system will divert and sieve the rainwater from your roof though a self-cleaning filter box fitted to your downpipe and fill your water tank.  From your water tank the water is then pumped (via an in-line filter and any other additional filters you require) to the entire property.

There is a municipal top-up on the tank set at your required level, ensuring you are never without water.

This will reduce your dependence on the main water supply and reduce your monthly bill by up to 65%.

To save you even more, we offer a Greywater Reuse system.  The garden uses, on average, 30 – 35% of our water usage.  By reducing the need to use municipal water in our garden, you are able to reduce your water consumption even further.

 

GREYWATER RE-USE SYSTEM

Greywater is defined as: water from your bath, shower, washing machine and had basins.

A greywater system allows you to water your garden with grey water, which is usually discarded down the drain.

This water is diverted via the filter into a pump chamber, from where it is automatically pumped along a hose pipe and sprinkler onto your garden via a pyramid sprinkler.

This means that while you are taking a shower your garden is simultaneously being watered.

The Greywater system is a very cost effective way of conserving water and has an average saving of up to 35% of your water use.

 

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.

South Africa’s water quality under threat.

Rapid urbanisation is contributing to a deterioration in South Africa’s water quality, Department of Water and Sanitation Water quality planning scientific manager Pieter Viljoen said on Wednesday.

Addressing delegates at an integrated water quality management symposium, in Centurion, Gauteng, he explained that the country’s water infrastructure was overloaded, owing to the influx of people migrating to urban areas.

“There is a major increase in the volume of waste going into wastewater treatment plants and the current infrastructure [in large metros] can’t cope with it,” Viljoen said.

He highlighted that urbanisation was a massive socioeconomic challenge that needed to be tackled, stressing that it was imperative to stimulate the economy in smaller towns so that fewer people feel the need to seek better opportunities in the large metros.

Viljoen said the amount of wastewater and raw sewage flowing into South Africa’s water resources, was a major challenge. Deteriorating municipal water treatment infrastructure was another concern.

“There is also lack of finance from local government to address this problem. Financial resources available are insufficient and do not recognise the investment required to counteract economic harm.”

A failure by municipalities to collect the required revenue negatively impact on their ability to maintain municipal water treatment infrastrucute.

A lack of alignment and coordination within and between government departments also negatively impacts on the country’s water resources.

“Water quality management is often hampered by poor coordination and conflicting approaches,” stated Viljoen.

 

R7bn in water is lost each year in SA

Many dams are at satisfactory levels, although North West, Limpopo and Mpumalanga still face challenges.

South Africa, a water-scarce country, racks up R7 billion in water losses annually, according to Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane.

Mokonyane was addressing the Western Cape Water Indaba, held in Goudini Spa in Rawsonville yesterday.  She said the study was done by the University of Stellenbosch and commissioned by the Water Research Commission in 2012.

“It is, therefore, of vital importance for government and communities to improve our ability to maintain the existing infrastructure to prevent and repair the current leaks in order to reduce the loss,” said Mokonyane during the indaba.

At the indaba, delegates will provide inputs on the drought and advise on how to create a sustainable water future for the country.

The country’s dams are currently at 77.2% of capacity, which is better than last year’s 54%. Last year, Cabinet declared eight provinces disaster areas, the only exception being Gauteng.

Many dams are at satisfactory levels, although North West, Limpopo and Mpumalanga still face challenges.

The minister said the Western Cape, hard-hit by, was experiencing serious water problems. The province has winter rain and dry summers.

A team comprising officials from the department of water and sanitation and the national disaster management committee were working with the province to ensure that short- to medium-term solutions were fast-tracked to guarantee the water security of the province.

 

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.

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.
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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.

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
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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
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