The Water Hub is an exciting project initiated by the Western Cape Government (WCG) within the broader Berg River Improvement Plan (BRIP) and situated on the banks of the Franschhoek River (a tributary of the Berg River). An inspiring vision for the site will see it become a centre of excellence for research, demonstration and training for new technologies in the water sector.
By partnering with the Stellenbosch Municipality, the Western Cape Government were able to secure the decommissioned Franschhoek Wastewater Treatment Works (WWTW) for re-development. The project team (Isidima, Amanzi...
What does a sustainable urban water strategy look like? How can we change the way we think about water use in our urban environments to use less potable water? Or maybe best in the words of Tony Wong (CRC for Water Sensitive Cities Australia):
“why aren’t we starting to think about reusing our wastewater to flush toilets? Why do we have to have drinking water to flush our toilets?”1
“We should start to think about living with two taps coming into our house, a drinking water tap and a non-drinking water tap. And the source for the non-drinking water tap could be any combination of wastewater or greywater”1
The first Arumloo micro-flush toilet was officially installed on 17th November. The installation marks a significant step after many years of research and development by Jonathan Harris and achieves a strategic outcome of the Water Technology Demonstration Program which has enabled the Arumloo's recent progression.
The Arumloo is a micro-flush toilet that will flush both liquids or solids on just 2 litres of water. With the majority of modern dual flush toilets providing a 3 litre small flush and 6 litre large flush, the Arumloo is set to save one third of water used for toilet flushing. Water for toilet flushing conve...
Isidima's microflush toilet, the Arumloo, was recently made one of the nine 2016 finalists in the Global Cleantech Innovation Program! This program brings together a variety of innovative green technologies from around the world in a fast paced 5 month product development program.
We are very proud to announce that on the 25th June, Isidima was awarded the 2015 #cocreateSA fund together with OKRA Landschaparchitecten BV, the Dutch partner. This recognised innovative design work in the 'Backyard Bioponics' project to be carried out in Cape Town. The fund goes towards the implementation of the related designs later this year. For more information you can contact us or have a look at the cocreateSA facebook page.
On the 15th May, Isidima made a presentation at the Sanitation Indaba at the International Convention Centre in Durban. Here all necessary stakeholders, affected parties and opinion leaders in the sanitation sector participated in this national dialogue.
The aims of the Indaba were: To showcase the practical demonstration of cutting-edge appropriate sanitation technologies that can be implemented in South Africa and Africa.
To provide an engagement space for communities on the feasibility of technology implementation as it pertains to their contexts.
As part of the Berg River Improvement initiative, this project, funded by the Western Cape Government, will see the development of a new research facility to test and demonstrate sustainable drainage and ecological water treatment systems capable of treating polluted stormwater within the South African context. Isidima is leading the technical design of the facility. The photograph above is the existing Franschhoek Wastewater Treatment Works that will be transformed component by component to Sustainable Urban Drainage technologies. Visitors to the site will be able to walk the 'story of water' route from source to tre...