Old Mutual Park — goes off the water grid with recycling

In its quest to find effective solutions to the current water crisis in the Western Cape, Old Mutual has become the first corporate in South Africa to launch a ‘from-waste-to-drinking-water’ filtration project at its Mutualpark offices in Pinelands, Cape Town.

 Speaking after the launch of its multi-million rand project, Old Mutual’s Chief Operating Officer Iain Williamson said the initiative underscores the group’s commitment to making a positive impact on broader socio-economic and environmental issues in the country.

It proves that big corporates are able to make a meaningful difference by being resourceful and thinking creatively to find solutions for the challenges of our time. “The cluster of interconnected environment-related risks – including extreme weather events, climate change and water crises – has consistently featured among the top global risks for the past seven years. Preserving water resources and helping secure clean water have become vital to sustain numerous industries and societies across the world.”

The new system catches all waste water from Mutualpark and then purifies it through a series of processes to meet the stringent requirements stipulated in the South African National Standard (SANS 241) for drinking water. The clean water will be stored in large tanks to ensure Mutualpark has enough drinking water capacity to cater for all its needs. This system will save between 10 and 15 million litres of municipal water per month.

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