Water has been identified as one of the major risks facing the Western Cape and is also being prioritised in the Green Economy Strategic Framework. This innovative project was conceptualised in 2012 in conjunction with biomimicrySA and the 110% Green Project to address the issue of water pollution in the Western Cape.
Although water and sanitation, as well as bulk services are generally available in Langrug informal settlement, these services are limited and have led to the disposal of wastewater and solid waste throughout the settlement. This flows into storm water drains and ultimately into the Berg River. Biomimicry can be applied based on how nature cleans water and manages waste. To clean water, diverse organisms are able to absorb and use the different pollutants to grow. In nature, wastes are decomposed (broken down) and upcycled (made into products the increase in value) in closed cycles of nutrients, energy and materials.
This initiative developed from, and forms part of the Western Cape 110% Green Initiative. This initiative combines two priorities of the Western Cape Government – the Berg River and the Green Economy – to find an innovative solution to water pollution in the Berg River. It is particularly relevant to establishing innovative biomimicry interventions that when applied, successfully adopted and implemented to the Berg River area, could have a desirable impact on the province’s environmental and economic growth as well as improving health in all the people affected by the river.
The team includes biomimicrySA, Isidima Design & Development, Maluti GSM, WaterLove Projects, Greenhouse Systems Development, CORC, John Todd Ecological Design and the Freshwater Consulting Group.