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An engineering student at the University of Cape Town (UCT) may have the solution to South Africa’s water problems. Nkosinathi Nkomo, a third-year civil engineering student, has joined forces with Sesethu Mazangazanga, a fourth-year civil engineering student at UCT, Njabule Gule, a part-time business student and Monica Masetola, a final-year student at Vega, to launch AquaRenu, a company focused on greywater reclamation.

The AquaRenu system

Nkomo has developed a greywater system which can be used in homes and places of business, and the AquaRenu team is currently working on a design that utilises rainwater and greywater as primary sources of water for irrigation and toilet flushing for large properties such as schools and complexes.

This design, coupled with the original greywater unit, would reduce consumption by up to 80% per month.

“We want to make the greywater and rainwater harvesting systems affordable for the average South African household while delivering a service that is comparable to other expensive manufacturers,” says Nkomo.

“The area we currently specialise in is greywater irrigation, and part of our near future design is harvesting rainwater to reduce water consumption in homes and businesses even further,” adds Mazangazanga

The company is currently working with contractors in Mpumalanga which have been installing the AquaRenu greywater units in some schools in the area. Prior to this, AquaRenu’s clients were homeowners in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

“I work with a team that is passionate to be part of the solution and is always willing to give a hand to provide South Africa with new solutions to the water issue,” Nkomo says.

Mazangazanga says that AquaRenu’s vision is to become a nationally recognised brand and to have its products a standard feature in typical South African homes.

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