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The Easiest Way to Save Water Around the Home this Year

January 20th, 2017 Posted by Press Releases 0 thoughts on “The Easiest Way to Save Water Around the Home this Year”

Although choosing to go green in any part of your daily life is a noble effort, it might not always be feasible or simple to fit into your lifestyle. Theunis Coetzer, spokesman for local waste water treatment firm, SewTreat, provides a solution that will help you make water conservation an easy resolution to stick to this year.

“Few people likely make New Year’s resolutions about conserving water and this can be attributed to the fact that it is simply too difficult to achieve for a number of reasons,” Coetzer says.  “But, reducing water consumption is something we all must take very seriously now. Although the country has received some very welcome rainfall recently, we are not in the clear yet with regards to water shortages.”

Understandably, if you have a growing family it is difficult to cut back on the endless loads of laundry that need to be done or use of that of life saving dishwasher. Some might not want to give up those blissfully long showers after a tough day or might be concerned about the garden they have been nurturing for years and simply can’t bear to water less. With so many practical lifestyle factors to consider, how do you overcome the challenge of introducing water saving measures to your home? SewTreat has the answer – manage your home’s waste sustainably and create treated water that can be re-used.

SewTreat offers easy-to-install waste water treatment plants that offer homeowners a sensible and practical green feature to add to their home that will recycle 100% of previously discarded water. In addition to this, you could save up to 50% on your monthly water bill!

“Clean drinking water is purchased from a municipality. Around 80% of this water ends up being discharged into the municipal sewers which you are also being charged for by the municipality. So, in essence, homeowners pay twice for the same water,” Coetzer explains. “By installing a wastewater treatment system for your home, the discard cost is eliminated and all the water that is treated can be reused for irrigation, washing your car and other non-potable uses around the house.”

SewTreat offers two types of DIY waste water treatment plants that have been designed to be ideal for home use – above ground installation or below ground installation. The above ground system is the most cost effective and can be installed with minimal excavation and construction. The below ground installation is more aesthetically pleasing but requires excavation and civil works which makes it more expensive. The modular construction of the plants means that expanding them in the future is easy and all the mechanical equipment that you need to manage your plant is installed for easy access.

SewTreat’s DIY plants can also be installed as a cost effective alternative to septic tanks and soakaways. These plants are designed for small applications and are so easy to install that clients could it do it themselves which creates even more cost saving, although SewTreat can come out and do the installation for you.

SewTreat’s waste water treatment plants treat water biologically using an enhanced strain of bacteria that has been developed in-house by SewTreat’s expert team. The enhanced bacterial action in their plants ensures a highly effective treatment process that boasts a very low carbon footprint, minimal capital input and low maintenance requirements.

“In a nutshell, the bacteria digest all impurities and the wastewater is then cleansed. The treated wastewater can then be discharged or re-used for general non-potable uses,” says Coetzer. “SewTreat has developed a highly effective multiple strain bacteria range that gets added to our plants. This specifically bred bacteria feed on the complex substances in the wastewater, converting them into simpler substances which improves the final effluent on a reduced footprint.”

“There are of course several additional measures that people can take in their homes to save water if these measures are feasible but being able to re-use treated water to wash your car or water your garden means using water twice instead of watching it go down the drain,” says Coetzer.  “This can result in the biggest water savings of all.”

Lodge Operators: The Easiest Way for You to Save Water this Year

January 18th, 2017 Posted by Press Releases 0 thoughts on “Lodge Operators: The Easiest Way for You to Save Water this Year”

One of the main goals of any lodge, especially those located nearby or within nature conservation areas is saving water. However, this is not always easy and might require looking at water saving from a different angle. Theunis Coetzer, spokesman for local waste water treatment firm, SewTreat, provides a solution that will help you make water conservation an easy resolution to stick to this year.

“For lodge operators, saving water can simply be too difficult to implement for a number of reasons,” Coetzer says.  “But, reducing water consumption is something we all must take very seriously now. Although the country has received some very welcome rainfall recently, we are not in the clear yet with regards to water shortages.”

Unfortunately, although you can request this of your guests, you cannot control how much water they use when staying at your lodge. Additional water is also required to keep vehicles clean, swimming pools full and sparkling and gardens around the lodge lush and inviting. These and various additional factors related to the practical day to day requirement of your operation can make saving water seem like an impossible goal. SewTreat has the answer – manage your lodge’s waste sustainably and create treated water that can be re-used.

SewTreat has developed wastewater solutions that use natural biotechnology to create a sustainable green solution that can be tailored to any lodge’s needs.

Their Plastic HDPE Tank wastewater treatment plant range makes use of plastic ‘Jo-Jo’ type tanks that are connected in series or parallel depending on site requirements. The plant is wholly constructed and cold commissioned before delivery to client premises for quick and easy installation (a 50kl per day plant can be assembled on site in less than five days).

SewTreat’s DIY plants are designed for small applications such as households and lodges. They are so easy to install that clients could it do it themselves which creates even more cost saving, although SewTreat can carry out the installation. SewTreat offers two types of DIY plants – above ground installation or below ground installation. The above ground system is the most cost effective and can be installed with minimal excavation and construction required. The below ground installation is more aesthetically pleasing as it can covered with vegetation. The modular construction of the plants means that expanding them in the future is easy and they are gravity fed (depending on the level of the incoming pipe).

SewTreat’s waste water treatment plants treat water biologically using an enhanced strain of bacteria that has been developed in-house by SewTreat’s expert team. The enhanced bacterial action in their plants ensures a highly effective treatment process that boasts a very low carbon footprint, minimal capital input and low maintenance requirements.

Biological wastewater treatment is an accepted practice used worldwide. The process involves confining naturally occurring bacteria at a very high concentration in the treatment process. From here this bacteria, together with some protozoa and other microbes (collectively referred to as activated sludge), are treated in an anaerobic and an aerobic process. They are then returned to the anaerobic phase to eliminate sludge accumulation and waste generation. “In a nutshell, the bacteria digest all impurities and the wastewater is then cleansed. The treated wastewater can then be discharged or re-used for general non-potable uses,” says Coetzer. “SewTreat has developed a highly effective multiple strain bacteria range that gets added to our plants. This specifically bred bacteria feed on the complex substances in the wastewater, converting them into simpler substances which improves the final effluent on a reduced footprint.”

Besides the environmental benefits, SewTreat’s product offering has been tailored to the operational needs of lodges operating in Africa. “We have developed our products and services to embrace our customers’ operating environments and the on-going demand for environmental, social and financial sustainable solutions,” Coetzer explains.

“For some lodges, being able to re-use previously discarded water will be a complete game changer in terms of water savings, knowing every time they use the non-potable water that they are doing their part will hopefully make water recycling a viable goal to reach in 2017,” Coetzer concludes.

#BizTrends 2017: Water recycling, re-use and sustainability

January 12th, 2017 Posted by SewTreat in the News 0 thoughts on “#BizTrends 2017: Water recycling, re-use and sustainability”

Stats SA indicated in 2013 that 90.8% of South African households have piped water to their dwellings. On 18 November 2015, Zandile Mathe of the Department of Water and Sanitation indicated that 30% (248) municipal waste water treatment plants are in critical state. This indicates that although SA has made huge leaps in provision of clean water, there is still a significant amount of untreated sewage contaminating our water courses.