IMIESA spoke to Tumelo Gopane, managing director, East Rand Water Care Company (ERWAT), about the company’s future strategy and its pivotal role in changing the landscape of wastewater treatment in South Africa.
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Within its own organisation, ERWAT has embarked on various upgrade initiatives, as well as longer-term plans to rationalise its treatment plants down from the current 19 to around 9… “In the meantime, Tsakane is currently being commissioned and features the use of Bluewater Bio’s proprietary HYBACS activated sludge process, supplied and supported locally by Headstream Water. ERWAT reports that the Hybacs ‘plug-and-play’ system is running optimally, using 60% of the electricity for the same quantity of wastewater and a third of the physical footprint.”
This article is an extract taken from an interview with Tumelo Gopane, Managing Director, ERWAT, which appeared in IMIESA Magazine in May 2018. To read the full article click here