Water Saving Innovations for Africa

Mvula are all about water sanitation, conservation and accessibility for the citizens of South Africa. Climate changes over the past decade have had devastating effects on the water levels in our dams and water resources in South Africa, with the Cape Town area recently being declared a National Disaster zone due to the water shortages. The people of Cape Town have been on water rations for the past few months yet still the water shortage persists with no end in sight. Rainfall predictions for the area for 2017 are not looking good either. Some analysts are speculating that it could take up to three years of good rainfall simply to allow the area to recover from the current water shortage crisis.  Every effort is being made to conserve water, with Cape Town residents really making a concerted effort to minimize their water usage. It is common for most people to now shower with large plastic containers in their showers to collect their shower water. The water is then used for things such as flushing toilets are watering plants. Rainwater harvesting in Cape Town is also now something which most homeowners are considering and implementing. The concept is fairly straight forward – make sure that you try to catch every drop of rain that falls…when it does rain. One of the most effective means of accomplishing this, is by installing a rainwater collection tank that is fed by the rainwater that flows in from the downpipes connected to your roofing gutters. An innovative Cape fibreglass products manufacturer, Jaguar Products, has designed a really attractive new style of rain water tank that is more appealing than most.

Glass wool, or fibreglass as we know it today, was invented by Russell Games Slayter in 1933. Fibreglass was invented to be used as thermal building insulation. These days its uses are diverse. Fibreglass is made by reinforcing plastic with thin glass fibres (hence the glass wool reference), as a result glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) and glass-fibre reinforced plastic (GFRP) are also commonly used names for fibreglass.

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Fibreglass has incredible diversity because of how strong and lightweight it is as a material. It can be moulded into many different products. Some of these products include chairs, car parts and swimming pools. Fibreglass is often compared to carbon fibre, with both materials being used for similar purposes. Fibreglass is not as strong or stiff as carbon fibre but it is less brittle and, therefore, less likely to break unexpectedly. Fibreglass is also a lot cheaper per square meter than carbon fibre. Fibreglass can be moulded into complex shapes and is a great alternative to metals such as steel and aluminium and can be used as a substitute for PVC. Harvesting and storing rainwater in a fibreglass rainwater tank is completely safe and ideal for outdoor use such as watering your garden and so forth. It is a highly recommended practice to combat water scarcity.

Fibreglass moulding is the process of shaping fibreglass into objects we can use in our everyday life. Companies, such as Cape Town based Jaguar Products Pty (Ltd), design, develop, manufacture and repair fibreglass products. Whether you are looking for one fibreglass item, like a baseball helmet or a swimming pool for your house, or you are looking to start a business selling fibreglass products, companies such as Jaguar Products can help you. They will mould fibreglass products to your specifications. Although fibreglass products can be made at home, by following a DIY guide found on the internet, the health risks and risk of making a mistake is extremely high. It is better to trust professionals with all things fibreglass.

Metal and plastic are extremely corrosive when exposed to the elements. As such, they require a lot of maintenance to stop them from corroding. This is time consuming and potentially expensive. Fibreglass is a great material to use for anything that will see the outdoors. Firstly, one needs to design a “plug” and then create fibreglass moulds of that. Fibreglass is inherently resistant to corrosive attacks such as rain and direct sunlight. This makes servicing them cheap as you don’t have to worry about galvanising or repainting. If you live in an area that is known for thunderstorms, you have nothing to worry about. Fibreglass has low electrical conductivity so a bolt of lightning won’t damage the product or anything around it. Fibreglass is also great when temperatures drop. At sub zero temperatures, fibreglass doesn’t become slippery or covered in ice. On the other end of the spectrum, fibreglass has low thermal conductivity meaning it is great for warmer climates. For all things outdoors and prone to stress, switching to fibreglass is a smart choice.

Fibreglass with its silver hue is aesthetically pleasing to look at. Its attractiveness combined with its functionality and versatility give it a triple threat. If its properties haven’t already swung you, then its looks most certainly will. Fibreglass’s good looks also make it look brittle but it is in fact far from it. Fibreglass has great shock and wear resistance in addition to excellent damage and breakage resistance. Meaning it will both look good and withstand the strain you put it under.

If you are a business that manufactures products made from plastic or metal such as car parts, pipes, water tanks, etc. Switching to fibreglass will not only give you a better, stronger product it will allow you to place guarantees on your product against breakage and corrosion.

Fibreglass provides the best bang for your buck, striking a great compromise between strength, flexibility, weight and cost.

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