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The Renovation Journey of a 1940’s ‘Traditional’ to 2015 ‘Contemporary, Green & Gorgeous’


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Water Harvesting System In: very exciting green milestone.

Very few will argue that we have water crises in South Africa and in many parts of the world.  In SA 5 million people lack access to water and 15 million lack access to basic sanitation. This crises is comprised of a number of issues including, changing rainfall patterns (climate change), increased demand, ageing and ineffective maintenance of water plants, pollution, water theft, delays in construction of dams and the deterioration in the functioning of existing dams.

If those of us that are able to harvest our own water do so, we will accumulatively provide greater resources to others, ensure our own clean supply and save money in the long run.  In other words it is a no brainer green thing to do if you can!

We did a lot of research on the various systems available and it was quickly apparent that Pula Water offers the Rolls Royce version. The modular system has a smaller footprint than a typical system yet achieves the same storage capacity.  The lightweight design of Atlantis® modules also make installation quicker, safer and cheaper.  No sediment build up occurs in the Atlantis system, unlike the clogging that is characteristic of aggregate based approaches.  The quality of the water overall, once it has been through the unique filtration units, means that the water can be used everywhere in your home.

Pula Water provide a professional service to advise on your volume requirements and at which critical point the cost of the size of your tank vs the rainfall in your area is your wisest investment.  Our need is to use our water extensively in our home, not just for garden watering so we knew we were going large!  Comprehensive tables and charts put together for us showed that with our local rainfall our family would benefit best from a 20 000L tank.  I.e. anything larger would be an overinvestment.

This is what the process and the product looks like:

An enormous was dug

An enormous hole was dug

The flat pack Atlantis modules from Pula Water were assembled into cubes

The flat pack Atlantis modules from Pula Water were assembled into cubes

Geo textile and sand added to pit

Geo textile and sand added to pit

In go the crates

In go the lightweight modules

Note Alternating layers of Goetextile and plastic

Note Alternating layers of Goetextile and plastic

 

All tucked in

All tucked in

Soil back in and grass planted!  All done.

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