Cape Town is no stranger to leading the world trend of sustainability and environmental awareness, especially when it comes to being water-wise. This month, one of the largest buildings in the mother city has once again taken a sustainable step by going off the water network.
Old Mutual has announced that their Mutualpark offices in Pinelands will now supply sufficient water to nearly 10,000 employees, visitors and contractors.
The Mutualpark office is the second building in Cape Town that disappears from the starting point after a growth point in Woodstock.
However, the Old Mutual building is considerably larger, as it is the largest office in South Africa currently covering 166,000 m² and housing 9,000 employees and contractors.
The move-off-grid was made possible by the very first industrial waste-to-drinking water filtration installation in South Africa, introduced by the banking group.
"This was an important project for us, not only to be sustainable ourselves, but also to be more environmentally friendly and more aware," he said. National TechnicalManager, Old Mutual Limited, Khiyam Fredricks.
The continuation of the project will save the water systems of the city about 10 – 15,000 kilos per month. The filtration plant is now the most important source of water for the building.
The new filter system has a capacity to produce between 650.00 and 800.000 liters per day. The average daily consumption is about 450,000 liters of water per day.
"We have been operating the plant since July 2018 and officially started on April 13. Not only does it contribute to essential water conservation in the drought-stricken Western Cape, but it has also enabled us to increase water consumption. provide good quality drinking water for our offices, "Fredricks said.
"As a responsible company, Old Mutual continues to have a positive impact on the socio-economic and ecological development of the continent and its people." By mutually beneficial projects, Old Mutual creates shared value, a project like this that is both cost-effective. and is responsibly geared to ensuring a sustainable future is a win-win situation for everyone, "said Chief Operating Officer of Old Mutual Limited, Iain Williamson
Since early 2016, a series of effective water saving initiatives have been introduced at Mutualpark, including reducing water consumption by 30% before the launch of the water filtration plant.
Other water protection initiatives implemented by Old Mutual include:
-Electronic meters were installed in critical areas where water is used to monitor abuse and to control leaks.
– Fans were installed on taps and shower heads to reduce usage.
– The water pressure is optimized to shorten the flushing time of all toilets.
-Waterless hand disinfection was installed in all bathrooms.
A gray water system to flush toilets was installed in the nursery at the Mutualpark.
-The air conditioning system has been upgraded to ensure that wastewater flushes the toilets. This ultimately means a saving of about 40% (about 20 000 liters) of water per day in the heat of the summer.
-The air conditioners in the data center are now in the air.
– A waterless car wash was introduced and the water-based car wash was upgraded with a water recycling plant that reduced consumption by 80%.
– A treated effluent water supply was introduced for the irrigation of the sports fields and gardens