#WaterWatch

20% of water in Beaufort West is recycled sewage water. Could Cape Town be next?

Beaufort West residents now rely on boreholes and recycled sewage water, after the Central Karoo town ran out of dam water.

Read: Beaufort West has reached its Day Zero

Water expert Pierre Marais explains that effluent supplied by the municipality goes through various treatment processes before it is safe for usage.

It goes through quite a few steps, including water filtration, sedimentation, ultrafiltration, reverse osmosis, advanced oxidation, and chlorination, before it is sent to back to the municipal reservoir.

Pierre Marais, MD of Water & Wastewater Engineering

The recycling of sewage water, known as water reclamation, has been practiced in Beaufort West since 2011, he explains.

He advises that reclaimed water is suitable for consumption and can be used in conjunction with other sources.

The water quality coming out of the reclamation plant is 100% suitable for human consumption.

Pierre Marais, MD of Water & Wastewater Engineering

Also read: Less flushing in Cape Town could cause more disease-transmission, warns expert

Marais says 20% of the town's water is from the recycled sewage water system, allowing residents to save on other water sources.

He says Beaufort West residents have accepted recycled water as there is no alternative.

The minute water stops coming out of the tap, it completely changes your perception and perspective on water.

Pierre Marais, MD of Water & Wastewater Engineering

Marais says officials from the City of Cape Town are consulting with his specialist company, Water & Wastewater Engineering, and have looked at Beaufort West as a case study.

Building infrastructure for water reclamation plants in Cape Town could hypothetically take 12 to 18 months, Marais explains.

Take a listen to him explain how recycled water works in Beaufort West:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI

CapeTalk welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the CapeTalk community a safe and welcoming space for all.

CapeTalk reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

CapeTalk is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
'Our family of eight has had no water for two weeks after City installed device'

'Our family of eight has had no water for two weeks after City installed device'

The City of Cape Town apparently installed a water management device on 6 April, and the CT family has had no running water since.

Cape Town not out the woods yet even with recent rainfall

Cape Town not out the woods yet even with recent rainfall

Climate expert, Piotr Wolski, says the city will know towards the end of May whether 2018 is a good or bad year.

Water to be released from Berg River to Misverstand Dam to avoid Day Zero

Water to be released from Berg River to Misverstand Dam to avoid Day Zero

Government has put plans in place to prevent the Misverstand Dam from running dry in a week's time.

Ladismith is not experiencing Day Zero - WC govt

Ladismith is not experiencing Day Zero - WC govt

The Western Cape government has disputed claims that the town of Ladismith in the Central Karoo is only a few days from Day Zero.

Cape plumber designs device to ensure geyser water doesn't go down the drain

Cape plumber designs device to ensure geyser water doesn't go down the drain

Wattapac is a water-saving bladder and pump designed to help plumbers save as much as 1 000 litres of water a day.

Magnetic paint manufacturer drives water education for poorer kids

Magnetic paint manufacturer drives water education for poorer kids

Mike McLennan, MagWall's creative director, says the play-kits can be used as a platform for expanding creative play.

Popular articles
Why many couples today are struggling with marriage

Why many couples today are struggling with marriage

Dr Eve advises that many modern couples need marriage to be a safe space for self-expression and self-actualisation.

The Big Pet Problem: Are you struggling to rent because you have pets?

The Big Pet Problem: Are you struggling to rent because you have pets?

Frustrated tenants say they're being discriminated against by landlords.

'The NPA should be ready and re-enroll the matter' - Nel on Malema prosecution

'The NPA should be ready and re-enroll the matter' - Nel on Malema prosecution

AfriForum not backing down over decision to privately prosecute Julius Malema.

Ed Dept scraps supplementary exams for matriculants

Ed Dept scraps supplementary exams for matriculants

The Department of Basic Education has announced it will do away with matric supplementary exams from 2019.

Cape Town not out the woods yet even with recent rainfall

Cape Town not out the woods yet even with recent rainfall

Climate expert, Piotr Wolski, says the city will know towards the end of May whether 2018 is a good or bad year.

This is how much you should be paying your domestic worker

This is how much you should be paying your domestic worker

Stephen Rathai, director of employment standards at the Department of Labour talks on the new national minimum wage.

Madiba’s private secretary Zelda la Grange opens up about money (hers and his)

Madiba’s private secretary Zelda la Grange opens up about money (hers and his)

Bruce Whitfield interviews La Grange about her and Madiba's attitude to money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.)

Mugg & Bean agrees to pay medical bill of customer

Mugg & Bean agrees to pay medical bill of customer

Mugg & Bean has agreed to pay for customers medical bills after a month of being in pain and pestering the chain to pay the bill.