South Africa’s Looming Water Crisis

Did you know? In 2017, not only were 40% of all our wastewater treatment plants in a critical state in terms of infrastructure, but only 7% complied with international standards.

For billions, it’s easy. You need water; you turn your tap. For many South Africans, the water is brown and contaminated, or there is no water at all. While the recent rains may have washed away memories of the Cape’s water crisis, it’s fair to say that South Africa’s water future is still in volatile hands.

Scarce water resources, incompetent management, neglected and poorly maintained infrastructure, industrial contamination of our oceans and groundwater supplies, and a broken financing system based on water tariffs, are all huge contributors to South Africa’s water quality, or lack of.

The solution? Wastewater Recovery and Reuse.

Reclaiming and reusing wastewater is fast becoming an invaluable resource for many industry players. Apart from generating power and revenue, properly processed wastewater reduces water consumption and costs, cuts down the amount of pollution going into waterways, and improves compliance with environmental regulations.