FLOWSERVE GOES GREEN ON MADAGASCAR
The Biozone unit is designed to recycle sewage effluent into water that can be reused in toilet flushing systems, irrigation systems and even as drinking water for livestock. It is specifically designed for small-scale use, particularly in remote or sensitive ecosystems. The system is proudly South African and uses a completely natural process that requires no chemicals or regular emptying.
Flowserve is a leading supplier of seals and pumps for mines around the world. Madagascar has a growing mining industry with the Ambatovy nickel mine alone said to be one of the world’s largest new nickel mining projects.
“Despite developments such as these, infrastructure in Toamasina is especially degraded. Flowserve also wanted a solution that was both reliable and environmentally friendly,” says Raymond van den Berg of Ozone Service Industries. “As far as we are aware, Flowserve is the first company on the entire island to install such a treatment plant. Even though they do not own the building itself, they decided to take the initiative to act responsibly.”
Van den Berg and colleague Leon Du Casse took only three days to install the unit at Flowserve’s offices. Despite a shortage of piping locally, the plant was fully functional on 28 October 2011.
“As a company that services the mining industry globally, we are used to operating in remote areas and in places where infrastructure is lacking. That’s certainly the case at present in Toamasina, which has lacked investment for quite some time due to political instability amongst other factors,” says Flowserve’s Anton Stoop. “It was clear that we needed some sewage treatment solution, but just didn’t know where to look – until I located Biozone NoKak on the Internet. It’s really great to have a solution that was so easy to install and operate.”
Flowserve’s plant will be using the purified sewage for flushing with the excess being used for irrigating the office gardens.
“Flowserve is really to be congratulated for taking the initiative. This kind of responsible self-sufficiency is going to be increasingly important in solving the world’s pollution problems,” says van den Berg. “Biozone NoKak provides an elegant, green solution to a universal problem,” he concludes.