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#BizTrends2018: Recycling of wastewater is the key to water security

January 12th, 2018 Posted by SewTreat in the News 0 thoughts on “#BizTrends2018: Recycling of wastewater is the key to water security”

Could it be that recycling the water we have is the key to water availability relief for the Cape region – as opposed to imposing increasingly stricter and potentially unviable water usage restrictions as well as costly desalination? Previously, the costs of the infrastructure required have proven prohibitive – but modular plant designs using biological, environmentally friendly treatment methods are changing the game.

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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.

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SewTreat Featured in Go!Platteland Magazine

December 15th, 2016 Posted by SewTreat in the News 0 thoughts on “SewTreat Featured in Go!Platteland Magazine”

SewTreat Featured in the Summer 2017 edition of Go!Platteland Magazine.

 

From grey to green

SewTreat is an ecofriendly solution for homeowners who’d like to treat every drop of grey water for use in the garden with peace of mind. This system, which could cut your water bill by up to 50%, can be installed above or below ground – the underground system looks better, but the excavations and engineering would cost more.

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SewTreat Featured in SABI Magazine

December 12th, 2016 Posted by SewTreat in the News 0 thoughts on “SewTreat Featured in SABI Magazine”

SewTreat Featured in the December 2016 edition of SABI Magazine

A leading manufacturer of PVC and HDPE water reticulation and drainage pipe and fitting systems, DPI Plastics is a key supporter of AMWN’s activities related to reducing marine waste and debris threatening South Africa’s coastlines and marine life.

The AMWN was launched in July 2016 by the Sustainable Seas Trust (SST), Plastics SA and other partners in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape. The network is the first dedicated approach to address marine waste at a pan-African level.

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SewTreat Helps Drive Client’s Commitment to Sustainability

December 1st, 2016 Posted by Press Releases 0 thoughts on “SewTreat Helps Drive Client’s Commitment to Sustainability”

Earlier this year, Mpumalanga based Security Company , CSC Tactical, committed to recycling 2.8 million liters of water per year. To help them reach their goal, SewTreat provided them with an innovative wastewater management solution.

 

CSC Tactical is a well-known security company with their head office based in Witbank and has recently moved to a new site which is a busy hub of activity comprising a function venue for hire, a large office space and overnight facilities for their security guards. Piet Cromhout, owner of CSC Tactical, identified the need for recycled water at the new site for irrigation and washing company vehicles. In addition this, Cromhout says that they were concerned about the effect that the current drought would have on their operations as they are dependent on  boreholes which created a water security risk that needed to be mitigated.

 

“Previously we had septic tanks installed but needed a solution that would allow us to  recycle and reuse as much water as possible to alleviate the need we have for our borehole water. SewTreat was the logical choice in providing us with this solution as their plants also ticked the boxes of low maintenance, low energy consumption and having an installation that was aesthetically pleasing” says Cromhout.

 

SewTreat conducted a site visit at the CSC Tactical premises to determine what their daily water consumption is. They found that CSC Tactical’s maximum water use is 7500 litres per day and proposed an underground 7500L plant from their DIY range. “This particular plant would be easy to install and maintain, uses minimal energy and provides recycled water that is safe to use for non-potable purposes,” explains SewTreat spokesman, Theunis Coetzer. In addition to this, says Coetzer, the plant is installed underground which means it can be covered with plants which some clients find is a more visually attractive option.

 

The way that the plant installed will work is illustrated below:

SewTreat implements the latest advancements in sustainable wastewater treatment which they combine with their own bacterial strains developed in-house. This helps homeowners and businesses to add an eco-friendly solution for recycling of black and grey water with efficient and affordable wastewater treatment solutions. “Our motto is to treat nature with nature through sustainable engineering solutions. This is evident in the biological technology in our plants and in their modular designs which makes them extremely easy to install and maintain – which is always a major concern,” says Coetzer.

 

Coetzer concludes by saying: “CSC Tactical is now able to recycle 2.8 million liters of water per year, which is commendable. They are truly environmentally responsible and an example to all local businesses of how they should take responsibility of their environmental footprint.”

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SewTreat Featured in Engineering News Magazine

November 24th, 2016 Posted by SewTreat in the News 0 thoughts on “SewTreat Featured in Engineering News Magazine”

SewTreat Featured in the 25 November 2016 edition of Engineering News Magazine

Using technology in sustainable wastewater treatment, combined with the
creation of its own bacterial strains developed in-house, South Africa-based biological wastewater treatment solutions provider SewTreat can respond to the demand for water management across sectors.
SewTreat spokesperson Theunis Coetzer points out that the company offers specialised, modular biological wastewater treatment plant products that are tailor-made for the South African and African market.

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SewTreat Featured on the Cover of Footprint Limited magazine!

November 17th, 2016 Posted by SewTreat in the News 0 thoughts on “SewTreat Featured on the Cover of Footprint Limited magazine!”

SewTreat’s innovative wastewater treatment solutions for homeowners was featured as the cover story for the Sept/Oct 2016 edition of Footprint Limited.

By making use of the latest advancements in sustainable wastewater treatment combined with the creation of their own bacterial strains developed in-house, SewTreat is able to answer the needs of lodges in remote areas with efficient, affordable and eco-friendly wastewater treatment solutions.

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SewTreat to Provide Eco-Friendly Wastewater Treatment Innovations to the Tourism Industry

November 10th, 2016 Posted by Press Releases 0 thoughts on “SewTreat to Provide Eco-Friendly Wastewater Treatment Innovations to the Tourism Industry”

By making use of the latest advancements in sustainable wastewater treatment combined with the creation of their own bacterial strains developed in-house, SewTreat is able to answer the needs of lodges in remote areas with efficient, affordable and eco-friendly wastewater treatment solutions.

 

SewTreat is a proudly South African company offering specialised, modular biological wastewater treatment plant designs tailor-made for the South African and African market. Their approach is based on return activated sludge technology incorporating submersed aeration media. This enhanced bacterial action ensures a highly effective treatment process boasting a very low carbon footprint, minimal capital input and low maintenance requirements.

 

“Our goal is to treat nature with nature through sustainable engineering solutions that are evident in our superior proprietary biological technology. The modular design of our treatment plants makes us a leader in providing wastewater treatment solutions for the African continent,” says SewTreat spokesman, Theunis Coetzer.

 

Coetzer explains that SewTreat’s products align directly with the trend towards biomimicry that environmentally conscious tourism operations have embraced in recent years. Biomimicry means learning from and then emulating natural forms, processes, and ecosystems to create more sustainable and healthier human technologies and designs. SewTreat has developed wastewater solutions that use natural biotechnology to create a sustainable green solution that can be tailored to any lodge’s needs.

 

In terms of the tourism industry there needs to be a solemn drive to ensure that we are custodians of our varied and diverse biospheres. By taking responsibility of the wastewater and recycling the 100% of the effluent, lodges can increase their irrigation capacity while being a responsible user of our scarcest resource, water.

 

“The earth is a closed system so we cannot import the resources we have exhausted, nor can we simply export the waste we create. If we look clean drinking water from this perspective, it becomes clear that we have to find ways of treating water in a way that makes it reusable,” Coetzer contends. “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 and improving final effluent with a reduced environmental footprint.”

 

He notes that globally, the composition of effluents discharged to receiving waters, is regulated by the national environment agencies. The legislation is concerned with the prevention of pollution and therefore sets concentration limits on dissolved organic carbon (as BOD or COD), nitrogen, phosphates and other compounds which cause eutrophication in receiving waters. It also attempts to limit the discharge of known toxic chemicals by setting allowable concentration limits in the effluent. “If we consider that 100% of the effluent can be recycled, if done properly, there is no doubt that through this we are providing large bank of water that previously may not have been considered as ‘safe’ for the environment or community.”

 

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, whether it in plastic type, containerised type or civil constructed type treatment plants. 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 or effluent can then be discharged to receiving waters – normally a river or the sea – or alternatively used for irrigation, flushing of toilets or general non-potable uses,” explains Coetzer.

 

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. “The team at SewTreat has extensive expertise throughout various disciplines and so we are able to offer turnkey services which incorporate consultation, design, manufacturing, installation, construction and operational support to our clients that meet all legal and industry related compliance.”

 

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 space requirements or layout. The plant is wholly constructed and cold commissioned before delivery to client premises. The installation time required on site is minimal – a 50kl per day plant can be assembled on site in less than five days. A guarantee of up to 20 years is offered on the tanks depending on the type of tanks used in the plant. “We developed this range based on a need we saw in the market for a more cost effective solution for sewage treatment,” Coetzer explains – although he notes that while the plastic plants are cost effective in term if capital expenditure, they do carry very high shipping costs and so he does not recommend them for installations outside of South Africa.

 

SewTreat’s DIY plants are a very cost effective alternative solution to septic tanks and soakaways and allow the final effluent to be reused. Coetzer explains; “These 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 we can do the installations for them as well.” 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 they can be installed underground and 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).

 

Coetzer concludes by saying: “We hope that by offering wastewater management products that are cost effective, easy to install, simple to maintain and provide a green waste solution; we can help lodges move towards a greener future. Preventing further damage to the environment will require a fundamental shift in how tourism operations conduct their business and manage resources. Changing how you treat your wastewater to a method that results in reusable effluent is one step in your contribution to sustainability where the long term beneficiaries will be Africa’s nature, wildlife and resources”

 

Click on the links below to view videos that demonstrates SewTreat’s WWTP and DIY plants: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43YJAelD5AE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRqrbMpch34