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DEVELOPMENT: Solutions To Water Supply


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Mobile water purification plants can provide a temporary solution to the problem of water supply deficiencies in South Africa, particularly in remote areas where a source of raw material is available but where permanent supplies are not available.

This is according to Rodrigo Savoi, CEO of Cape Town-based Intaka Tech. Intaka Tech, a division of the Intaka Group, manufactures and markets state-of-the-art equipment, which includes mobile Water Purification Plants (WPPs). The primary objective of this solutions-driven company is to improve and enhance the lifestyle and well-being of its target market.

South Africa as a whole is in the process of addressing concerns in its water sector, which seem to chiefly be due to long lead times required for developing new water schemes, as well as the upgrading of the ageing infrastructure that stems from as far back as two decades (1970s and 1980s).

However, in the meantime the Intaka Tech WPPs provide an immediate solution, in that they are able to deal right away with pressing water requirements,” explains Savoi. “Once new permanent water schemes and infrastructure is in place, the WPPs can easily be relocated to other areas of need.”

This forms part of the build-operate-transfer (BOT) tender concept. Intaka Tech is engaging with government regarding this concept. Governments around the world have generally used BOT schemes as a method of financing the construction of urgently needed infrastructure projects.

Stefan Oosthuizen, Intaka Tech’s water department head, says: “The concept has been recommended by numerous consulting firms, where the private sector can offer government immediate solutions to any failing infrastructure, and address immediate water needs in selective key areas at a fraction of the cost compared to the long terms planned interventions.”

BOT type tenders for immediate water supply interventions are particularly beneficial in that the training, skill transfer and development aspects are addressed during the operational phase, providing skilled and able personal when transfer takes place.

The WPPs are also useful in small towns, coastal villages and rural villages and communities, where the current water sources are not sufficient to warrant larger schemes or where the relevant technology is not in place,” Oosthuizen adds.

Intaka Tech’s WPPs and their components can easily be transported to their destination and installed without complications. This degree of mobility allows the WPPs to be operational within six days once the plants have been delivered.

All models are manufactured from grade 304 stainless steel making them corrosion resistant and extremely durable to the elements and the water treatment process.

Intaka Tech is an ISO 9001 registered company, and the water produced by the WPP complies with the WHO guidelines for drinking water and SANS 241:2006.

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