Riverside Aquatics Water Project’s objective is to promote a more sustainable and ecological environment within the private and agricultural sector, and to assist companies to comply with the Department of Water and Environmental Affairs' General Standard in waste water.
We provide natural solutions to water treatment; through the introduction of natural bacteria to breakdown sludge and control algae, and the addition of wetland systems and constructed reedbeds to clean water either as a primary treatment for sewage and grey water or as a secondary treatment for more densely polluted water e.g. wine farms. These systems are designed to filter and purify the effluent by removing phosphates, nitrates, heavy metals and suspended solids. This prevents the run off of untreated effluent into the surrounding environment and water courses, or the purified water can be recycled and used for irrigation.
Our intention is first to mimic nature's healing ways and second, to accelerate and enhance the process. An ecosystem is created with an ideal selection and variety of indigenous plants, each chosen for their specific cleaning function or supportive role. We approach each new job according to its specific requirements and use varying tools to enable the used water to return to natural balance and optimal functioning. We have worked mostly on wine farms in the Western Cape as accreditation processes have put them under intense pressure in recent years, but we believe that this gentler approach to waste water management can be applied to many different scenarios from farmsteads to factories and mines and in both up market housing developments and communities of people who live without proper housing and sanitation.
We work alongside experienced water engineers and organizations intending to make a success of their green technologies. Various man-made and natural solutions are chosen to alleviate toxic buildup and stagnancy in the soil, in plants and in water - above and below the ground. Our wetlands are affordable, beautiful, and healthy and add an abundance of bio-diverse life forms to any system.