This interview is reposted from the African Utility Week website.
The 17th annual African Utility Week will gather over 7000 decision makers from more than 80 countries to source the latest solutions and meet over 300 suppliers. Along with multiple side events and numerous networking functions the event also boasts a five track conference with over 300 expert speakers.
“The only way to stay healthy is to work hand in hand with each other and with Genius of SPACE, since they are trying to change our lives in the community”
Exclusive interview with Mr Vumile William Dlova, a flow agent with the Genius of Space project in Langrug informal settlement in the Western Cape – one of the site visits at this year’s African Utility Week.
Although water and sanitation, as well as bulk services are generally available in Langrug informal settlement, these services are limited and have led to the disposal of wastewater and solid waste throughout the settlement. This flows into storm water drains and ultimately into the Berg River. Biomimicry can be applied based on how nature cleans water and manages waste.
The Genius of SPACE system gives Langrug residents the opportunity to dispose of their grey water in disposal drums where it is filtered. The water then flows into the underground pipes into the tree gardens were it gets treated. Some 500 Langrug residents are currently using the 27 disposal points in the settlement.