Businesses and consumers need to implement responsible water management practices


As a trusted water and liquid storage solutions supplier to South African businesses for over 24 years, SBS Tanks has worked with many business owners to offer a range of custom-designed solutions that can not only harvest and store rain or borehole water as alternate “new” water sources, but that can form part of a used water treatment process offering a waste-to-value alternative to reduce water consumption.

Businesses and consumers need to implement responsible water management practices, not merely as a tick the box exercise to meet targets and benchmarks, but as a means of ensuring the future sustainability of life, the environment, and future economic development. Moving towards net zero water consumption with the implementation of an effective water demand management and processing solution needs to be a part of every business plan and commercial development strategy.

SBS tanks recently devised a solution for KwaZulu-Natal based company, CHEP, that supplies and maintains high quality pallet and container supplies which require high pressure washing prior to despatch. The solution includes the harvesting, filtration, and storage of rainwater and run-off water from the premises, providing an effective back-up storage solution to enable operational continuity during water supply interruptions.

SBS installed a 500-kilolitre water tank at CHEP alongside a concrete sump fitted with submersible pumps for water feed, maximising the use of vertical space usage on the limited footprint available. Based at the lower end of the site, the sump collects and stores all surface and rainwater run-off from the site and the roof of the building and serves as a stormwater retention pond, minimising the impact of peak flow on the external municipal stormwater network.
The water collected in the sump is treated prior to being pumped back into the pipe reticulation network on the premises with a tailormade filtration system providing clean and potable (drinkable) water, effectively reducing the requirement for “new” water to the site as part of the company’s journey to net zero.

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