Creating a Positive Impact on Communities & People's Lives
Delivering Innovative Water Treatment Solutions for South Africa
Improving Water Quality - Ensuring Water Availability
Both, failing water infrastructure and the ever-increasing population have aggravated the water crisis in South Africa, forcing its residents to adopt strict habits. Official mandates regarding significant reductions in water usage have led to overcrowded communal water taps, dangerous bore-holing, and the desparate acceptance of contaminated groundwater sources, all to combat a drought that has plagued the South Afircan locale for over seven years now.
While local crisis response groups are available to support residents, there is only so much that can be done to solve the water crisis in South Africa when therre are simply no sources of clean freshwater available.
PHIWE Africa Water Solutions is on a mission to help improving water quality and ensuring water availability with sustainable and innovative solutions.
Human Impacts on South Africa's Water Supply
n South Africa the scarce fresh water is decreasing in quality because of an increase in pollution and the destruction of river catchments, caused by urbanisation, deforestation, damming of rivers, destruction of wetlands, industry, mining, agriculture, energy use and accidental water pollution.
The reports prove the significant sewage pollution by municipalities as well as the poor state of sewage infrastructure, management and accountability. The deteriorating quantity and quality of water in South Africa has a direct impact on people having access to safe, clean and sustainable drinking water.
The Solution is
On-Site Water & Wastewater Treatment
Onsite water treatment is the process of treating and reusing water locally within a single building or connected community for a variety of purposes. Some applications where treated water can be reused are irrigation, cleaning, toilet and urinal flushing, laundries washing or in cooling tower / district cooling. The water can be collected from sources like rainwater, greywater (from sinks, showers, and washing machines), and blackwater (from toilets and kitchen sinks).
The collected water is stored onsite then treated and filtered through our patented system that includes at its heart a robust ceramic membrane filtration to completely separate impurities & contaminants, including micro pollutants, bacteria & viruses.
We distinguish 2 different sources of water to be treated:
- Natural water, such as from wells, lakes, rivers, rain, etc.
- Wastewater, such as greywater from household or industrial activities
Whereas treated wastewater can only be used by law for non-potable applications, treated natural water can be used for as potable water.
Water crisis in South Africa: damning report finds 46% contamination
A new report by South Africa’s Department of Water and Sanitation paints a grim picture of the quality of the country’s drinking water, and its water infrastructure.
The audit report found that the quality of the country’s drinkable water is getting worse. Nearly half (46%) of all water supply systems pose acute human health risks because of bacteria or other pathogens in the drinking water supply.
Net-Zero Water for Living Buildings & Landscape
PHIWE's technology platform unlocks best-in-class water conservation results
For building owners who endeavor for the Living Building Challenge or to go “off the grid,” PHIWE delivers complete design and technology solutions that address your water conservation and wastewater management needs.
You know Your Business - We know Ours.
There is no "one size fits" all or "off the self system" to efficiently treat your wastewater into a quality suitale for reuse.
We analyze your water & your needs to design a taylored treatment process.