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.”