calls on SA businesses to save water by harvesting rain
With the recent water scarcities that struck Gauteng in September 2013, coupled with the fact that 98% of the country’s available water is already used, it is clear that South Africa is on the brink of a water crisis.
A recent report from the Department of Water and Sanitation confirmed that demand for water has already overtaken supply in 60% of South Africa’s water management systems.
The onus lies with every South African, be it a person or an organisation to help save our most precious commodity. Many businesses in the private sector have taken to harvesting rainwater to help save water, and their water bill.
When Gary Bowler, MD of GROHE South Africa moved to his new offices in Greenstone, this was the first thing he did. “The second we moved in, we put a 25, 000-litre water tank underground so we could harvest the Joburg rain and be as water conscious as possible. Our whole business revolves around water after all,” says Bowler.
For the first year that GROHE operated in the building, they did not need to pay Joburg Water for the first nine months of occupancy.
The way it works is simple. The rain runs off the roof and flows on the ground floor into the tank, which is situated directly under the office. The water is then collected and pumped to the roof, where it is then used to flush toilets. Beyond its toilets, GROHE also uses this harvested rainwater to filter through to its showroom, demonstrating its products in the most sustainable way possible.
“This is a fantastic way for businesses to both save water and save costs. South Africa’s water is everyone’s responsibility. I urge businesses across the country to take a look at their water usage and do whatever they can to cut those litres down. Rainwater harvesting is just one part of a holistic solution. Every business can make a difference,” concludes Bowler.