New decentralised wastewater system unveiled
Maskam Water ’ s premises in Brackenfell Industria saw the launch of a decentralised wastewater treatment system that could change the approach to providing dignified sanitation to disadvantaged and rural communities , and save millions of litres of potable water . This is done by substituting treated water with recycled water for sanitation , industrial or irrigation use — all at a fraction of the cost .
These are the claims made about the Clarus Fusion Sewage Treatment System , which features more than 50 % local manufacture by Maskam Water through a joint venture with licence holder Zoeller Pump Company of the US .
The largest single unit yet was recently supplied to the local market , which will treat 15 000l / day of black- or grey water and serve a community of up to 100 people .
Maskam ’ s founder and CEO , Gerhard Cronje , outlines 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 waterborne sewage systems and large energy-hungry wastewater treatment plants that more often ‘ waste ’ this valuable resource ,” he says .
“ The Clarus Fusion system is a grass roots 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 / kl .
“ This radical , but entirely appropriate solution addresses developing countries ’ sanitation needs and from the first time I was exposed to the Fusion system , I realised that a complete change of mindset is required to solve our pressing sanitation needs in formal , informal and remote rural areas .” u
The Clarus Fusion ZF4000 was recently installed at a public school in Oyster Bay to treat the effluent from ablution blocks .