Acknowledging the Investec Insights and Proposing a Water Waste Recovery Solution

South Africa finds itself at a critical juncture regarding its water security and innovative thinking around capture, recycling and re-use of water is now a priority issue.  

As highlighted in a recent article by Investec on Daily Maverick, the nation faces daunting challenges, from dwindling water reserves to aging infrastructure and impending shutdowns of crucial water projects like the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP). However, amidst these challenges lie opportunities for innovative solutions, such as those offered by Decusatio Impact Investments, particularly through its partnership with Kaackai in wastewater recovery.

The Current State of South Africa’s Water Infrastructure

In a recent podcast, water expert Professor Anthony Turton underscored the severity of the water crisis in South Africa. With the allocation of 98% of the national water supply, the country finds itself on the brink of water scarcity. Compounded by issues such as non-compliant water treatment facilities and significant water loss through aging infrastructure, the situation demands urgent attention and decisive action.

The impending six-month shutdown of the LHWP further exacerbates the crisis, particularly in Gauteng, where a significant portion of the water demand is met by this project. The shutdown not only threatens urban centers but also agricultural activities essential for food security, highlighting the interconnectedness of water availability and societal well-being.

Investing in Sustainable Water Solutions

Investments in sustainable water solutions are paramount to address the long-term challenges posed by water scarcity and this is compounded by the fact that water infrastructure requires significant capital expenditure from either corporate or government funding to execute. 

This is where smaller more modular systems have such a key role to play in providing water solutions for residential houses, schools, clinics, ECD centres and commercial operations. 

We have recognised the urgency of the situation and are committed to offering innovative solutions through its partnership with Kaackai. 

By focusing on wastewater recovery, we aims to alleviate pressure on existing water sources and contribute to long-term water security.

The Role of Technology in Water Management

Technology plays a crucial role in mitigating water scarcity. Solutions such as rainwater harvesting, greywater recycling, and desalination projects offer alternative water sources to diversify supply and reduce reliance on traditional sources. 

Decusatio’s collaboration with Kaackai leverages advanced technologies to recover and reuse water waste, thereby conserving precious resources and promoting sustainability.

You can see the technology in action here.

The Importance of Collaboration

Addressing the water crisis requires collaboration among various stakeholders, including government agencies, private enterprises, and civil society. Much like with the loadshedding crisis, the solution will be found in a combination of largescale infrastructure projects being supported by technology-driven solutions that can be rapidly deployed. 

As South Africa grapples with a looming water crisis, proactive measures and innovative solutions are essential to secure the nation’s water future. 

If you would like to discuss deploying Enterprise and Supplier Development (ESD), Socio-Economic Development (SED) or other impact funding to water solutions in your communities, please do not hesitate to contact us