The tremendous need for water treatment services in the Eastern Cape has prompted QFS to open a branch in the area.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted that the provision of safe water, sanitation and hygienic conditions is essential for protecting human health during all infectious disease outbreaks. QFS is committed to being part of the solution. We will be working with Eastern Cape municipalities to assist them in tackling the water treat crisis,” says Musa Ndlovu, managing director: Eastern Cape, QFS.

Located in Port Alfred, the Eastern Cape branch tabled possible solutions to Ndlambe Municipality. “A water shortage is not only affecting Eastern Cape, but South Africa at large and QFS Eastern Cape believes that water has be used to maximum capacity. We are currently implementing a 5 Mℓ/day plant that uses seawater and wastewater reuse,” adds Ndlovu.

Coastal town drought buster

QFS has a vision of building water-resilient coastal towns through the implementation of a coastal town drought buster. This focuses on the augmentation of conventional water sources through desalination, wastewater reuse, industrial water reuse, groundwater and surface water.

Inland drought buster

With landlocked communities, QFS’s inland drought buster model will apply. Communities need to change the paradigm of wastewater management by recycling every drop.

Ndlovu believes that these models will be part of the solution to building water-resilient communities in the Eastern Cape. “As part of our vision, we also intend to train local people in the Eastern Cape to run technology-based water treatment plants. Our presence on the ground is meant to create real relationships with Eastern Cape communities and give municipalities the confidence that we are here to help them tackle water issues. We are looking forward to making a difference in the Eastern Cape, one community at a time.”

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