2017 | South Africa | Temogelo Thami

Water Wastage a Thing of a Past

Water issue adressed: Too little

South Africa has a problem of water scarcity and water wastage is very high in our schools and communities. Water is wasted mainly during break time when we have to wash our hands and food containers, and taps remain unclosed after use. We decided to come up with a mechanism to address and put an end to the waste water challenge we are currently facing. The system uses three aspects- a sensor that can sense an individual’s hands and turns the system on discharging water, a timer that is set to discharge water for a certain period or till it fills a certain volume, and a soak-away that absorbs the water under the tap, recharges the groundwater and refills the water table underneath.


National organizer

Department of Water and Sanitation


  • Cape Peninsula University of Technology, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Water Research Commission, Umgeni Water
  • Mhlathuze Water


Ania Andersch

Programme manager ania.andersch@siwi.org +46 8 121 360 59