According to the World Health Organisation, (WHO) there are over 663 million people in the world, living without a safe water supply close to home, spending countless hours queuing or trekking to distant sources, and coping with the health impacts of using contaminated water. This year’s theme for world water day is Why waste water? supports improving water quality and reducing, treating and reusing waste water. The vast majority of all the wastewater from our homes, cities, industries and farms flows back to nature without being treated or reused – polluting drinking, bathing and irrigation water as well as our water resources – groundwater, rivers, lakes and seas. The region is facing a dry weather phenomenon not seen since 2011. Yet, the effects of water storage can be mitigated with planning and foresight.
Waste water is an untapped resource
D&S together with partner company, Bioliff Water Tech, has developed a wide range of technologies from simple household systems to large scale commercial plants. The Bioliff range of treatment technologies provide an advanced process that literally turns sewage into valuable water.
Waste water does not have to be a problem, it can be a solution
These technologies deal with the waste water challenge, removing pollution from our water resources, and providing a solution to help mitigate water shortage problems. When solutions exist to recycle water; fresh potable water need not be wasted on activities such as gardening, car washing and toilet flushing.
Marist International College in Lang’ata as an example. They had a traditional septic tank which was causing problems including:
· Flooding during the rains,
· Creating swamp land,
· Causing bad odours
· An environmental compliance liability.
A Bioliff Enpure Pro plant was retrofitted to the site and used to purify the wastewater so it could be safely reused for landscaping and irrigating sports grounds. The results:
· Marist now has a green site all year round without wasting fresh water supplies.
· Marist was able to reclaim its swamp ground for other activities,
· Their water bill reduced,
· Income from bookings for their events programs increased due to the year round beatification of their site.
Featuring no moving parts the Biorock system has the very best long term implications, saving operating costs and avoiding replacement of expensive components. The Biorock system is usually installed below ground and makes no noise and has no odour.
In the recent past, over 150 various Bioliff recycling plants have been installed in individual households, residential developments, hotels, factories and other commercial institutions where public sewerage facilities are not available. Other than just providing a means for safe, legal, and responsible wastewater disposal, property owners are also able to reduce their water bills by reusing waste. Existing households, developments and institutions can easily retrofit these packaged plants into the existing septic tank arrangement
Waste Water Treatment Plant at Marist International college, Nairobi.