Old Mutual launches SA's first ‘benchmark’ off-grid water project
The group is the first large corporation in SA to move off the council water grid
Old Mutual on Monday moved off the council water grid, unveiling its wastewater-to-drinking-water filtration system at its Mutual Park premises in Pinelands, Cape Town. The move is likely to see the group harvest 650 cubic litres of clean water a day through the purification of waste water. The move makes the group the first large corporation in SA to go off the council’s water grid and will save the City of Cape Town up to 15,000 kilolitres of water. "We have set the benchmark — this is a model for future generations‚" said Iain Williamson‚ Old Mutual’s COO. In 2016‚ the company installed one of the largest solar energy systems of any corporation in the country. Although it was only unveiled on Monday‚ a pilot phase has been operating for the past six weeks. The water has proven to be of a "superior quality" even to the municipal supply‚ Williamson said. The water had been switched off "for some time" and with the filtration system now operating‚ it was "great to have fully clean a...