A Rainwater Harvesting System for Our Office

The SBS Tanks Head Office is in Pinetown, Durban. A custom-designed, purpose-built rainwater harvesting system helps our team keep utility costs down, while creating new opportunities for the company to explore environmental sustainability programmes. More importantly, aside from creating a water-secure operational head office for our company, we’re making an environmental difference. Check out this video for more information on just how useful we’re finding our rainwater harvesting and water storage tank.

James Preston, Marketing Manager at SBS Tanks, tells us more:

The SBS Tanks rainwater harvesting system installed at the Pinetown Head Office was first undertaken as a Research & Development project, but it’s gone on to have significant benefit for the company. Tell us about the most important ones:

Of course, the primary benefits include harvesting our own water, and not having to rely upon municipal supply. With our full filtration and purification system, we’re able to drink this water safely and with confidence. Having our own water supply that we have provided for entirely on our own is not only something for us to be proud of, but also something very helpful when the municipal water supply is cut off due for whatever reason. A back up water supply is essential for every industry and office! On top of this, the tank is fitted with pretty much every fitting and accessory we supply, as well as showcasing our powder coating options. This means it is the perfect case study when showing engineers and other potential clients the quality of our product and its accessory offering.

How long did it take to create this rainwater harvesting system?

From the start of ringbeam production, to final commissioning of entire turnkey water solution, it took 12 weeks. We keep a close eye, of course, on our rainwater harvesting system, so it’s regularly checked, water quality monitored and tested.

For companies or property owners looking at installing such a system, what’s the one piece of advice you’d give them?

Don’t look at a rainwater harvesting solution from a cost-saving perspective. Water is still a remarkably cheap commodity in South Africa. And, if you view rainwater harvesting from a cost-saving perspective, you may be disappointed (at least initially – because as desalination plants and other infrastructure gets upgraded en masse, along with reduced countrywide rainfall, the cost of water is guaranteed to reach astronomical heights). You must view rainwater harvesting from other angles. Primarily, from an environmental one. What a pleasure to be able to create your own water supply, literally from thin air! Rather than that water being released back into our sewage system and eventually back into the sea, it can be used by the people occupying that space! (The original way our forefathers lived!) Secondly, the ability to have a constant supply of water, even when municipal infrastructure fails, is incredibly comforting. Knowing that, no matter what happens to the municipal water supply, you will always have water, gives you confidence to carry on work as usual. And when you add to the fact that this water has been harvested from your roof, even more comforting.