26-07-2016 - Johannesburg, South Africa

Veolia donates sewage treatment plant to foster home village for Aids orphans

A sewage treatment plant (STP) with trickling filter technology, compliments of Veolia Water Technologies South Africa, will provide treatment for sewage water in Impilo Village Timsrand, a 2.5 ha foster home village development that will house 250 orphans once complete.

A model of Impilo Village in which Veolia will install and maintain a 45 m3 sewage treatment plant.

Veolia Water Technologies South Africa has committed to supply, install and maintain a 45 m³ per day sewage treatment plant at the Village which, in addition to treating sewage water, will contribute to enhanced energy efficiency and lower village operating costs. A donation like this one falls squarely within Impilo Village’s environmental sustainability and social economic development arms, with the aim to make the village as sustainable and self-sufficient as possible.

Impilo Village Timsrand is the culmination of a long-term project by Impilo Child Protection & Adoption Services (Impilo) and the Abcon Group Foundation (AGF). Their aim is to provide loving foster homes and appropriate care to Aids orphans to cater for the children’s well-being. The vision for the village is to provide an integrated environment with a full cycle of development that provides for 20 residential units to accommodate the orphans, together with facilities such as a clinic, a crèche, a primary school and a special needs school. Other amenities include a clinic, convenience shop, library and information & training centre.

Chris Braybrooke, General Manager, Business Development, Veolia Water Technologies South Africa explains Veolia’s role to the media during the official launch, assisted by Vashlin Govender, Project Engineer, Engineered Systems, Veolia Water Technologies South Africa, who heads up this specific project.

“It is an absolute privilege to be able to contribute to this much needed societal development,” commented Chris Braybrooke, General Manager, Business Development, Veolia Water Technologies South Africa. “We involve ourselves in various CSI initiatives, and Impilo Village Timsrand is a very special project. We’re grateful that we have the opportunity to raise the living standards of some of our country’s poorest – and most deserving, and through this initiative contribute to social and educational development.”

The Village, currently R 3-million under development, requires a total of R 70-million for completion. Once complete, it will provide sanctuary, nutrition, parental guidance, medical attention, primary education, skills training and a much-needed loving, caring and safe environment in which the children can prosper.

Veolia is providing all plant technology and componentry, and will continue to service the plant pro bono post-installation. Plant construction will commence once basic civils for the plant are complete.