Greywater meets its Waterloo

Western Cape Premier, Helen Zille, was the guest of honour and guest speaker at the official launch of the innovative, South African designed WaterLoo greywater bank in Stellenbosch recently.

In her address Zille focussed on the water crisis in the Western Cape. Although a disaster, she said that she was encouraged by the way in which innovators and entrepreneurs from industry are coming forward to offer products that people want and need right now to help them cope.

She pointed out that this drought will forever change the way that we look at drinking water and foresees this to be the start of a new industry through which the region will generate, save, recycle, transport and store water in the future.

As was the case with the electricity crisis in South Africa a few years ago, she believes that the innovative approach in dealing with the drought that she’s experiencing, will lead to substantial job creation and new growth opportunities in the Western Cape.

She commended Stellenbosch-based Retief Krige Industrial Designers, the designers and developers of WaterLoo greywater bank, on the sweet, smart and low-tech problem-solving solution that they’ve industrialised to help households to save drinking water.

WaterLoo is an affordable, easy-to-install and easy-to-use smart greywater storage bank that fits on top of toilet cisterns. It is a non-permanent installation that blends seamlessly with the cistern’s design, while integrating with the flushing system.

The system makes it easy to pour and reuse salvaged household greywater in your toilet.

Compared to pouring greywater from a bucket directly into the toilet bowl or the cistern, WaterLoo provides for additional greywater storage space which allows for multi-flushing with only one transfer of greywater.

This reduces the frequency of having to manually refill the cistern each time after using the toilet and eliminates the uneasiness of having guests and small children filling cisterns with buckets of greywater after having used the toilet.

Stellenbosch’s mayor, Gesie van Deventer, also attended the launch and says this invention is a good example of how a crisis can drive innovation.

“This is also the case with the current drought which forces our residents to come up with clever ideas about how to save water or recycle greywater.

“Social media is also full op people making innovative plans.”

Van Deventer says the WaterLoo is an innovative solution which was developed right here in Stellenbosch by Retief Kruger Industrial Design at the Technopark.

“If residents come across any other wonderful water saving solutions, please let me know.

“I would love to help create awareness about these innovative ideas.”

WaterLoo will soon be available at select hardware stores in the Western Cape.

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