Large parts of Africa have to struggle to access water every day. Home to some of the driest places in the world, countless people need to travel the extra mile every day to find precious water.
But many more don’t, thanks to tank solutions. Even those who live far off the grid, away from urban infrastructure, can enjoy a dignified life thanks to the latest in water and sanitation technologies. How are companies such as Calcamite helping Africa develop? Let’s take a look at some examples…
Stopping the water commute
Some women in Africa spend up to 80 percent of their time collecting water. On average, many spend at least 5 to 6 hours a day fetching water from remote spots. This creates many problems: not only do they lack the time to tend to their communities, but the heavy and tiring activity causes health problems and deformities.
So even a small water tank solution makes a huge difference. Tanks that capture or recycle water can greatly reduce and even eliminate the collection of water. These tanks are also manufactured to handle the heavy hand of the sun and become long-term companions to their communities. With the right tanks in place, a lot more time can be spent making life better instead of simply surviving.
Most of us take it for granted that there will be restroom facilities nearby. But in remote and even in crowded urban areas, it can be a real problem. This creates a great deal of discomfort, not to mention can create a serious health hazard. It’s also a safety hazard: it’s estimated that if the 5,600 toilets in the Cape Town township of Khayelitsha were increased to 11,000, sexual assault there would drop by half.
The big issue with sanitation facilities is that they tend to need sewage infrastructure. This is expensive to install and maintain. Alternatives are the dreaded portable toilets, which don’t look nice and reek of chemicals. Fortunately, there is a third option: sanitation systems with enclosed septic areas using biomites – special bacteria that consume the waste without any outside intervention. Using these innovations, it is possible to take reliable and clean sanitation services to any place on the continent.
Large parts of Africa are considered dry regions, but they still receive a lot of rain. Capturing this rain has been a major boon for the people of the area, as it is easy to do and affordable. In fact, capturing rainwater is one of the simplest modifications that can be done, using a tank near a large catchment surface such as a house’s roof.
Rainwater harvesting tanks are easy to install since they can be placed above ground. They are manufactured using industrial-level roto-moulding, treated with additives to ensure the tanks are inflammable and resist the pounding rays of the sun. So such tanks are investments because they will last for years and years. Even if proper water facilities don’t reach the area, the tanks will ensure that locals can recycle rainwater was and where they need it.
We often take clean water for granted, but it’s a different story when there isn’t reliable infrastructure to treat and deliver the water. As a result, many rely on water sources that are polluted and stagnant. These are ticking time bombs for the young and frail.
A basic but reliable rain harvesting and greywater capture system can be installed that stores and filter healthy water. Remote sanitation systems using Calcamite’s biomites limit waste pollution and create spaces where people can conveniently relieve themselves without affecting the community’s water. A good water tank system doesn’t just make life better – it saves lives!
Grey water recycling
Water can be recycled with relatively little effort, especially water used for washing clothes, used in the shower or tub, or from sinks – arguably the main uses of water around homes.
This water can be captured and redirected for other uses. A popular example is to irrigate plants. There are already thousands of greywater community gardens around Africa, growing food for their local communities. In some cases, the local gardens subsist entirely on greywater. Greywater can also be used to fill toilet cisterns, and if it is filtered and treated, greywater can also be used to drink. Calcamite’s greywater systems are easy to install and reliable to use for years, changing the lives of people across Africa every day.