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Wastewater in South Africa

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Wastewater treatment plants in South Africa’s urban areas face fast rising and complex challenges. Growing populations, development of housing for vast numbers of inhabitants, industrialisation, and increasing focus on environmental issues all boost the demand on both the quantity as well as the quality of the treatment plant. On both ends of the pipeline.

Even though these challenges sometimes present themselves way in advance, swift implementation of the best fitting engineering design can be challenging when stakes are high and the risk taking is rightfully non-negotiable or even unacceptable.

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BERT BAKKER – PROJECT DIRECTOR PRODUCTS & INNOVATION, WATER, ROYAL HASKONINGDHV

“I’m very proud of our partners at ERWAT who are already known for their innovative profile and culture. With the increase of the capacity at Hartebeesfontein Wastewater Treatment Works without expanding the site, wastewater will be turned into clean water flowing via the Swartspruit into the Rietvlei Nature Reserve, of which the dam provides Pretoria with 15% of its water demand”.

From experience, Royal HaskoningDHV understands that water authorities across the globe tend to have a careful approach towards innovations. To introduce a relatively young innovation into a very rigid procurement process takes not only expertise and experience from the project consultancy side but also involves a great deal of gut and openness towards sustainable solutions on the client’s side.

“Everyone worked out of their comfort zones because we really had to think out of the box to increase the capacity of this existing plant.”

General innovations often can be aligned with rather unique situations. Our Nereda© partners at WEC Projects were able to find the right angle of entrance within the organisation for the Nereda© technology to be accepted in this specific locality.

Innovations may be at the core of a solution, without the proper implementation people won’t be able to benefit from them. But the road from drawing table design to end user advantage can be long and complicated. Local experience, solid knowledge of the international legal situation and a sensible flexibility in the network of all participating parties often help with successful and progressive implementation of the leading innovations.

BERT BAKKER, PROJECT DIRECTOR
PRODUCTS & INNOVATION,
WATER, ROYAL HASKONINGDHV

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