One of the main goals of any lodge, especially those located nearby or within nature conservation areas is saving water. However, this is not always easy and might require looking at water saving from a different angle. Theunis Coetzer, spokesman for local waste water treatment firm, SewTreat, provides a solution that will help you make water conservation an easy resolution to stick to this year.


“For lodge operators, saving water can simply be too difficult to implement for a number of reasons,” Coetzer says.  “But, reducing water consumption is something we all must take very seriously now. Although the country has received some very welcome rainfall recently, we are not in the clear yet with regards to water shortages.”


Unfortunately, although you can request this of your guests, you cannot control how much water they use when staying at your lodge. Additional water is also required to keep vehicles clean, swimming pools full and sparkling and gardens around the lodge lush and inviting. These and various additional factors related to the practical day to day requirement of your operation can make saving water seem like an impossible goal. SewTreat has the answer – manage your lodge’s waste sustainably and create treated water that can be re-used.


SewTreat has developed wastewater solutions that use natural biotechnology to create a sustainable green solution that can be tailored to any lodge’s needs.


Their Plastic HDPE Tank wastewater treatment plant range makes use of plastic ‘Jo-Jo’ type tanks that are connected in series or parallel depending on site requirements. The plant is wholly constructed and cold commissioned before delivery to client premises for quick and easy installation (a 50kl per day plant can be assembled on site in less than five days).


SewTreat’s DIY plants are designed for small applications such as households and lodges. They are so easy to install that clients could it do it themselves which creates even more cost saving, although SewTreat can carry out the installation. SewTreat offers two types of DIY plants – above ground installation or below ground installation. The above ground system is the most cost effective and can be installed with minimal excavation and construction required. The below ground installation is more aesthetically pleasing as it can covered with vegetation. The modular construction of the plants means that expanding them in the future is easy and they are gravity fed (depending on the level of the incoming pipe).


SewTreat’s waste water treatment plants treat water biologically using an enhanced strain of bacteria that has been developed in-house by SewTreat’s expert team. The enhanced bacterial action in their plants ensures a highly effective treatment process that boasts a very low carbon footprint, minimal capital input and low maintenance requirements.


Biological wastewater treatment is an accepted practice used worldwide. The process involves confining naturally occurring bacteria at a very high concentration in the treatment process. From here this bacteria, together with some protozoa and other microbes (collectively referred to as activated sludge), are treated in an anaerobic and an aerobic process. They are then returned to the anaerobic phase to eliminate sludge accumulation and waste generation. “In a nutshell, the bacteria digest all impurities and the wastewater is then cleansed. The treated wastewater can then be discharged or re-used for general non-potable uses,” says Coetzer. “SewTreat has developed a highly effective multiple strain bacteria range that gets added to our plants. This specifically bred bacteria feed on the complex substances in the wastewater, converting them into simpler substances which improves the final effluent on a reduced footprint.”


Besides the environmental benefits, SewTreat’s product offering has been tailored to the operational needs of lodges operating in Africa. “We have developed our products and services to embrace our customers’ operating environments and the on-going demand for environmental, social and financial sustainable solutions,” Coetzer explains.


“For some lodges, being able to re-use previously discarded water will be a complete game changer in terms of water savings, knowing every time they use the non-potable water that they are doing their part will hopefully make water recycling a viable goal to reach in 2017,” Coetzer concludes.



Oxigen Communications

Nicola Weir


About SewTreat:

SewTreat is a South African company with international expertise in providing biological wastewater treatment solutions to all sectors. SewTreat is well established in the wastewater sector throughout Sub-Saharan Africa especially in the SADC region. The modular design of their treatment plants makes them a leader in providing solutions for an African continent – quick, efficient and African tested. SewTreat’s staff complement consists of a core team of engineers (process and civil) and microbiologists supported by a team of project planners and distributors. As a service provider, SewTreat draws on expertise from various fields including mechanical, process and civil engineering, microbiology and consultants to offer the most innovative, cost effective, reliable and sustainable wastewater solutions possible. SewTreat personnel have successfully designed, constructed and installed various treatment systems in over 15 African countries.


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