Slide the City supports local and global water conservation

By admin
06 November 2015

Slide the City is mindful of water needs, especially in drought-stricken areas, where there has been some concern about where the water comes from and where it goes after the event.

Slide the City is all about getting outside, having fun and connecting with your community. This summer, the 304m slide will be visiting various cities around South Africa so families and friends can slip, slide, and splash into summer.  Slide the City is also mindful of water needs, especially in drought-stricken areas, where there has been some concern about where the water comes from and where it goes after the event.

'We are committed to having zero environmental impact on the communities we’re in'

“We are committed to having zero environmental impact on the communities we’re in,” says Slide the City organiser Minette Ferreira. “We want to provide a safe and sustainable experience for all of our participants and therefore one of our main concerns is responsible water usage.”

It’s in this spirit that the slide was designed to recycle water throughout the day instead of having to pump new water into the slide. The water is treated in a safe and environmentally friendly way with little to zero leakage and returned to the community after the event – in effect we are ‘borrowing’ the water. With each cycle the water is put through a powerful filtration system that renders the water drinkable within 30 minutes. In addition, the catchment pool at the end of the slide is not a swimming pool but a shallow area which will be a maximum of 50cm deep, which makes for less spillage. This, as well as the overall design, minimises the impact and water use.

How much water is used?

An average of 35 000 liters of water is ‘borrowed’ from the municipality and put through the slide’s circulation system during the event, and Slide the City works with municipal officials to ensure proper water control. For comparison, the average household pool (5m x 5m x 1.5m deep) holds about 37 500 liters.

Where does the water come from?

In Ballito, Sugar Rush Park’s borehole water will be used.

In Cape Town, spring water will be transported to the event.

In Johannesburg, Knysna, Pretoria and Port Elizabeth the fire department will be providing water.

Where does the water go after the event?

In Ballito, it is circulated back into Sugar Rush Park’s water system.

In Cape Town, Johannesburg, Nelspruit, Knysna, Pretoria and Port Elizabeth, the water is put through the filtration system and then put into tankers and delivered to the municipality to be used where they need it most.

The water from the Ballito event is also put through this filtration system before being returned to the park.

Visit www.slidethecitysa.co.za for more information about Slide the City, including dates and locations. 

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