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South Africa’s Oldest Hotel Chooses Sannitree

HOUW HOEK INN is a gracious old hotel dating back to 1779 and situated in the Kogelberg Reserve, 90km from Cape Town. (

All in all they have 50 rooms, sleeping a total of 120 guests per night, plus wedding facilities for up to 220 guests plus conferencing for 120 guests.

What is significant is that the hotel is in a sensitive biosphere and right off the sewage grid. This means that it needs to have all its effluent waste treated before disposal.

To reach the stringent levels set out by the Department of Water Affairs, Houw Hoek Inn approached Sannitree to provide a turnkey waste disposal system that ticked every box on the Departments check list.

Sannitree have installed a Package Plant (systems vary, but can treat up to 20 cubes of waste water per day) which ‘cleans’ water suitable for irrigation purposes.

In addition, they use Sannitree Bio-Enzyme Granules to treat their septic tanks (which lead into the Package Plant) and Oxygentor in the plant itself.

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RCS is pace setting redeployable camp system, offering a turnkey camp operation which can be erected at speed and designed for army bases, refugee camps and even medical facilities.

Their system includes design, operation and maintenance of the camps as per customer specs.

RCS turned to Sannitree for help with their ablution facilities, as most of these camps are set up in areas without direct water supply, and as important, limited means of disposing of effluent safely.

In response, Sannitree recommended their Free Flowing Waterfree Urinal Valve. Besides eliminating the water-in problem, it solved the waste-out problem too, as the amount of effluent waste to be disposed of was massively reduced.

Sannitree has had a long and successful relationship with organisations involved with refugee camps, and has supplied Bio-Enzymes to Oxfam for breaking up effluent waste in pit toilet systems at various camps throughout Africa.

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Toilets On Top Of the World

Table Mountain National Park is one of Cape Town’s busiest tourist attractions, receiving on average 15 000 visitors per day.

This equates to a lot of toilet waste for an area without a sewage system!

What this means is that all their sewage is transported daily, first class, via the famous cable way car so it can be safely disposed of.

But Sannitree have alleviated part of this problem by installing Free Flo Urinal Valves, which eliminates the need for water or flushing.

The overall effect is a huge reduction in sewage waste, a cash saving, and a lowering of the environmental footprint of the visitors, because you don’t need water to transport water.

Plus it cut out odour problems. Ever seen a urinal packed with ice? That’s because they are probably water borne urinals and inclined to block, causing smell problems.

Free Flo Urinal Valves create a dry surface environment, which does not allow bacteria to breed and spread bad odours.

Find out how a Free Flo Urinal Valve can save you money or phone us now on 021 7011266