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from left to right; Francois Steyn from Premium East Gate, Kudzi Samushonga from ABSA, Marriam Mazibuko from the home and Marie-Lou Okoko from ABSA.
[left to right]Francois Steyn from Premium East Gate, Kudzi Samushonga from ABSA, Marriam Mazibuko from the home and Marie-Lou Okoko from ABSA. Image credit: Soweto Urban
Last week, residents of the Orlando Children’s Home in Johannesburg, welcomed the implementation of a grey water project, aimed at saving water while reducing both the water and energy bills.

Forming part of its corporate social investment initiative, the Amalgamated Bank of South Africa (ABSA) has partnered with various private institutions to install the irrigated system.

The Soweto Urban reported that new and improved gutters have been installed as to collect rainwater, which will be filtered and purified for use even in the kitchen.

In addition, a municipal water backup system and eco-drain electricity saving system and an automated water leak detection system will make sure that the home does not experience any challenges when it comes to water, media added.

Grey water project to sustain residents’ needs

With the three-year partnership drawing to a close, Kudzi Samushonga, head of business banking at the ABSA Gauteng South region said that a long-term sustainable solution to the high water and energy costs was needed.

Home to 60 children, the project will assist the home in efficiently managing and reducing its water and electricity bill, especially during a time where water scarcity is soon to become a reality for South Africans.

According to the Soweto Urban, the City of Johannesburg has recently announced plans for water restrictions due to droughts.

The Orlando Children’s Home director, Marriam Mazibuko, said:  “Water is a scarce commodity in this part of our world but is important to plant and water the gardens. So how do we strike a balance?

“Our dear friends have applied their minds and come up with an extremely innovative and desirable project which is the grey water project.”