South Africa: Innovative decentralised wastewater system offers massive water and energy-saving benefits

Innovative decentralised wastewater system offers massive water and energy-saving benefits. Cape Business News, December 15, 2016.

Maskam Water’s premises in Brackenfell Industria was the venue for the launch of a highly-innovative decentralised wastewater treatment system, which could revolutionise the approach to providing dignified sanitation to disadvantaged and rural communities. In addition, the system will save the country millions of litres of precious potable water by substituting treated water with recycled water for sanitation, industrial or irrigation use all at a fraction of the cost.

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The newly-installed Clarus Fusion ZF4000 at a public school in Oyster Bay

These are the claims made for the Clarus Fusion Sewage Treatment System, which features 50%+ local manufacture by Maskam Water through a joint venture (JV) with licence holders, the Zoeller Pump Company in the USA.

The occasion commemorated the success of the JV and the unveiling of the largest single unit yet supplied to the local market, which will treat 15,000ℓ per day of black or grey water and serve a community of up to 100 people.

Gerhard Cronje, Founder and CEO, Maskam Water outlined the advantages of decentralised wastewater systems and the differences compared with large conventional systems.

“The traditional approach to treating sewage or wastewater has been through water borne sewage systems and large energy hungry wastewater treatment plants that more often ‘waste’ this valuable resource,” he said.

“The Clarus Fusion system is a grassroots product that is modular, easily expandable, simple to install and maintain, has very low energy requirements, can operate on solar power and recycles treated wastewater on site at less than R1.88 per kℓ.

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