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Monday, 09 July 2018

Republished: Saving water one flush at a time Featured

WATERWISE: Stanton Abels came up with a plan to save water by using treated effluent water to flush the toilets used by 30 staff members. WATERWISE: Stanton Abels came up with a plan to save water by using treated effluent water to flush the toilets used by 30 staff members.

The current drought gripping the Mother City has taught Capetonians that every drop counts.

CPUT’s horticulture foreman, Stanton Abels, took this lesson to heart and has come up with a plan that will help the institution to not only save water but also money in the long run.

Abels said a new 2 000 litre water tank was recently purchased and the toilets used by the 30 Gardens staff members are now being flushed with a combination of treated effluent water and rainwater.

“The treated effluent water comes from the nearby wastewater treatment plant. It is clear and there is no odour. The tank also takes rainwater and has a float that locks once it’s full. The system works perfectly,” said Abels.

“We need to do whatever we can to save water now. Who knows that the future will bring? We would like to encourage other departments to also find ways to save water.”

Abels said the greenhouses at the nursery were already making use of treated water. 

Written by Ilse Fredericks

Email: Frederickskennediji@cput.ac.za

Provides coverage for the Health and Wellness Sciences and Informatics and Design Faculties.