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Supply of MECKOW Aquapur Unit to South Africa

3rd August 2009

Meckow International were approached by JP Juices, a British company, to supply a MECKOW Aquapur unit to provide a community with safe, clean drinking water as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility Programme.

JP Juices and Granor Passi Upliftment Initiative Sign

Granor Passi, a supplier to JP Juices, were selected as part of a Community Upliftment Initiative within Louterwater. This community is approximately 600km East of Cape Town, South Africa with a population of approx 5000.

Community of Louterwater, South Africa

Before the installation of the MECKOW Aquapur unit the water source for the community was raw water, pumped from the dam direct to taps within the high density residential area. However, the sewage system often leaked, polluting the drinking water of the Louterwater community, this caused health problems such as vomiting, diarrhoea and other water related diseases.


Granor Passi Dam

The Granor Passi Dam


Water is supplied from the Louterwater dam which flows through a small canal into the Granor Passi Dam, from there it is pumped through to two storage tanks which then feed the MECKOW Aquapur unit. It is at this point that the dirty water is filtered through the MECKOW Aquapur unit. The MECKOW Aquapur unit requires no electricity for the filtration process it simply requires a 1 metre head of water for operation and to produce safe clean drinking water or as in this case enough pressure from the water system. The simplicity of the unit also means that it does not need to be switched on or off manually at any time, therefore meeting the communities requirements at all times!

 

Safe Clean Water

The MECKOW Aquapur Unit

(Samples from Left to Right)

Sample 1-Dam Water, Sample 2- After the removal of particles through the string filter,

Sample 3- Safe clean drinking water produced at the end of the filtration process.

 

At the end of each working day the employees are encouraged to take safe, clean drinking water home, with the transport provided by the Granor Passi truck.

Granor Passi Truck

The Granor Passi Truck

In addition to the staff of Granor Passi, the local community of Louterwater are also able to access the safe clean drinking water provided by the MECKOW Aquapur in conjunction with JP Juices and Granor Passi.

Community Member using the MECKOW Aquapur

As you can see from the photo below there are no restrictions as to who is able to access the water, even the local police make use of this facility!

Police collecting water from the MECKOW Aquapur

Veronica Tshangana, a laboratory assistant, has worked with Granor Passi for 5 years. In the time that Veronica has worked for Granor Passi the only obtainable water in the community was untreated, causing health problems from drinking the raw, dirty water. This continued until the installation of the MECKOW Aquapur unit. Since they have been drinking the clean, safe water, Veronica and the Louterwater community have seen tremendous benefits to their health.

Granor Passi Employees collecting water from the MECKOW Aquapur

The employees of Granor Passi are extremely grateful to be able to access good quality, clean drinking water.

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