Toilet flushing device saves water and money

Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 23 January 2011

As a cost effective, unique water saving device, the Multi Flush beats all other systems hands down.

By fitting the unique Multi Flush huge water savings can be made

A Water Rhapsody Multi Flush is a flushing mechanism installed into cisterns without the need to alter either the cistern or pan, and amortizes cost in a matter of months. This is most easily understood by corporate customers who only need to lift the money from their operating budget, as it pays for itself within the year, and for the rest of time can take advantage of the savings while water prices rise.

Schools

Our first large school to enquire about what we could do for them had eight problems relating to girls toilet flushing.  As with most schools during the change to Model C, classes were increased from 15 pupils per classroom to 30 or more; in other words the school populations were doubled.  What had not changed was the time for breaks, nor the ablution facility. The problem was restricted to girls, the boys being able to use a urinal as well as their toilets. Continue reading

Water polluters fined

Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 15 December 2010

The City of Cape Town recently issued 15 Water Pollution Control Inspectors in the Water and Sanitation Department with Peace Officer status, which gives them the authority to issue spot fines to water polluters.

City takes steps to protect its rivers from industrial and household waste

The team’s main responsibility is the protection of the City’s water reticulation systems (sewers and stormwater drainage) and receiving bodies (such as rivers and streams) from pollution that stems from industry and household waste. The team will work to ensure that the environment is protected and not negatively impacted as a result of by-law infringement.

The officers are working in the field, actively monitoring and enforcing compliance with the three relevant City by-laws, namely the Wastewater and Industrial Effluent By-law, the Stormwater By-law and the Treated Effluent By-law.

The City has completely revised the previous system of control, which was limited to contravention notices. By enhancing the powers of the existing officers, the City is introducing a zero-tolerance approach. The officers have power of access into all premises suspected to have discharged dangerous substances into the sewer or stormwater system. Continue reading

Lake Victoria turning green with algae blooms

Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 22 March 2010

Pollution in parts of Lake Victoria is worsening so fast that soon it may be impossible to treat its waters enough to provide drinking water for the Ugandan capital, a senior official said on Monday.

Satellite image of Lake Victoria. Water quality has been adversely affected by pollution and drought.

The lake, east Africa’s largest by area, also supplies water to millions in neighbouring Kenya and Tanzania, and supports fishing communities in all three countries.

Gerald Sawula, deputy executive director of Uganda’s state-run National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA), told Reuters that the lake’s Murchison Bay, the northerly inlet on which Kampala sits, was becoming a “dead” zone. “It is a real crisis, the water has turned completely green with algae blooms swamping the whole place,” he said.

“The water has become so thick from effluent that is being discharged directly into the lake because the wetlands that used to filter it have all been destroyed by developers.” Fisheries experts say heavy concentrations of pollutants are killing certain fish species. “As more algal blooms, phosphates, nitrates, heavy metals and faecal matter all pile into the lake, it’s going to be harder and harder to clean the water,” Sawula said.

“It’s very obvious that in future the National Water and Sewerage Corporation won’t be able to treat water from Lake Victoria to a level safe enough for domestic consumption.”

The local daily New Vision reported on Monday that the utility was considering extending intake pipes far out into the lake as pollution near the shore exceeds treatable levels.

Development analysts say the pollution problem will only worsen as Kampala’s population, estimated at 2.5 million, expands fast, straining its fragile and perennially underfinanced waste-handling capacity.

Source: Reuters Africa