Ever wondered why, in a Country which receives so much rain, water shortages are often the headline news?

We simply don’t have enough reservoirs to supply the ever increasing demand for water. But why then, do we use drinking water for flushing toilets and laundry purposes?

 Rain water solutions can take advantage of the rainwater which falls on our homes. Recycling this rain water via rain harvesting for flushing toilets, washing clothes and watering the garden significantly reduces the demand on our reservoirs, lowers your own costs and goes a long way to protecting the environment. Precious drinking water reservoirs can be safe-guarded and flooding reduced by installing a rain water harvesting system.

Ideal for every use in and around your home saving up to 40% of a household’s drinking quality water.

• Drinking and cooking
• Watering the garden
• Washing clothes
• Flushing the toilet
• Topping up the pool

*Note: Rain water used for human consumption must be treated.

Safequip product manager for Davey Water Products Malcolm Corns explains that Davey is focussed on growing its water harvesting and water treatment products in South Africa.

Corns says South Africa is considered a water scarce country and could face its first water shortages in as little as six year’s time.

“We really do live in a dry and water scarce country and we need to look at innovations from countries like Australia, which has similar climatic conditions, to learn how to use water more productively and sparingly. Australia has experienced severe droughts and water harvesting and treatment solutions were made compulsory in an effort to conserve water,” adds Corns.

DWP0248 RainBank In Cab FA-230Davey rainwater harvesting equipment on offer from Safequip include the RainBank range of harvesting products, which can be used in combination with normal water storage tanks.

RainBank is an automatic controller for rainwater harvesting. It controls the water supply for toilet and laundry applications by automatically selecting the water source with rainwater being the priority, and mains water the back-up.

RainBank can save up to 40% of a household’s drinking quality water which is normally used in the abovementioned applications. This helps to conserve precious water reserves.

The rainwater harvesting system is available as a kit with a range of Davey pumps to suit a wide range of buildings, home and other applications such as temporary or rural forestry communities and development sites.

Other products that go hand-in-hand with the RainBank system is water treatment products such as Aquashield Max and Centurion, Aquasafe and Steriflo.

Aquashield Centurion: Is a preassembled wall mounted ultraviolet (UV) system that includes a Filterpure 20 µm filtration for sediment reduction and 1 µm filtration for cyst reduction. Followed by Davey Steriflo UV disinfection technology, the three stage water disinfection and filtration process ensures a safe and hygienic water supply.

Aquashield Max: This is a UV pressure system that can be used in tank only and main water back-up installations. It is also suitable for bore and surface water treatment.

Aquashield Max has the same basic properties as the Aquashield Matrix but boasts additional features such as a RainBank MII controller option and Torrium2 TT70 controller option, which makes it suitable for pressure boosting disinfected water for large homes.

Aquasafe: Is a safe and cost effective way to eliminate bacteria and viruses in water tanks. Aquasafe breaks down into oxygen and protects the tank from recontamination for up to two months. Only one litre is needed to disinfect 15 000 of tank water. The product is environment-friendly, tasteless and odourless.

Steriflo: The Davey Steriflo domestic UV water disinfection systems are an effective and economical means of eliminating harmful bacteria and viruses from drinking water supplies. It can also be used for small scale waste water disinfection at reduced flow rates.

UV light generated by the lamp in a Davey Steriflo unit (254nm) is lethal to most micro-organisms as it damages their ability to reproduce. The UV system causes no taste and because no chemicals are used it is impossible to overdose the water.

“The abovementioned Davey water harvesting and water treatment products will soon be essential tools in all drought-stricken countries. A shift towards a green consciousness and a collective responsibility towards the environment will encourage the daily use of these products,” concludes.

Compiled by Gary Macnamara for Home Inspirations. Sourced from Malcolm Corns, brand/product manager Davey Water Products.