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Student develops greywater system to help alleviate local water crisis

Published at: 13 December 2017

With Cape Town's Day Zero predicted for March 2018, a small start-up enterprise, AquaRenu, may soon become a well known national brand.

Nkosinathi Nkomo, a UCT student, has developed an affordable grey water system that could save households and property owners up to 80% of their monthly water bills and at the same time help to alleviate the local Western Cape water crisis.

"'The greywater irrigation system basically takes water from bathrooms and laundry, with exception of toilet water which would be black water. Instead of that water going down the drain, its treated because it passes through a filter and it's stored. It basically does irrigation automatically. The only maintenance would be once a week when you remove the filter and run it under a tap for a few seconds", said Nkomo in a recent interview with IOL's Zeenat Vallie.

Together with partners Sesethu Mazangazanga, Njabule Gule and Monica Masetloa, the AquaRenu foursome has already partnered with contractors in Mpumalanga to install their greywater units in a number of schools in the province, extending their existing client base of homeowners in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

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