Ruo Emoh: Green Value Adds
The Ruo Emoh housing, situated on the corner of Weltevreden Parkway & Caesars Drive in Colorado Park, Mitchells Plain, offered an excellent opportunity to showcase the value of sustainable technologies in the residential sector.
The value of the the green technologies employed at Ruo Emoh is realized in multiple ways; as reducing demand on municipal services, saving the residents money on their monthly utility bills, and finally by utilizing natural and renewable sources of energy, responding to the local an global environmental climate.
The first system installed in Ruo Emoh is a WASH intervention (Water, Sanitation & Hygiene) implemented with the help and expertise of Isidima. One part of the system supplies all of the toilets with water pumped from underneath the site, to reduce the amount of potable water wasted by flushing toilets. The second part of the system harnesses the grey water produced by residents at their kitchen and bathroom sinks, as well as their bathtubs. The water is collected at it’s source and diverted away from the municipal drains to provide a source of water to irrigate waterwise and indigenous trees that were graciously supplied by the GreenPop organization. Here the water is filtered by the vegetation, and able to reticulate back down into the aquifer, to sustain the underground water table.
The second sustainable system to be installed at Ruo Emoh will be Solar Water Heaters, that will provide the home with off grid hot water. PEP, in partnership SDI, will provide the residents with a subsidized unit in place of the government subsidy on solar water heaters that is currently inactive. The system will be able to run year round without electricity, and offers the residents a considerable saving on the electricity bill, reduce the draw from the municipal grid, and make use of clean, green, renewable energy from the sun.