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With Nelson Mandela Bay’s water supply drying up fast, there is some good news with return effluent water irrigation extended to include more sports fields on campus.

The new water irrigation scheme has added three more South Campus sport fields, all feeding from the return effluent scheme and equipped with automatic irrigation systems. These are the B Rugby field and two zones of the C Cricket field.

“These three new irrigation zones have been completed, but we are continuing with Phase three of the Water Risk Mitigation Plan”, says Dr André Hefer, Sustainability Engineer at the University.

“Phase three focuses on water saving measures for all domestic users, with critical installations happening at the residences, specifically with regard to new toilet flushing systems and additional water storage”, André says.   

“The University has also approved funding for further expansion of the return effluent irrigation scheme, towards more irrigation zones for Madibaz Sport and taking the scheme further across to North Campus, Ocean Sciences Campus, and the Sanlam Student Village.

The University is also finalising discussions with the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM) relating to the return effluent water quality and intermittent supply issues.  This will provide various additional options for using this water in other spaces when we need emergency supply, says André.

Staff and students are requested to save water urgently.

See video of the new irrigation project


B Rugby Field

Western half of C Cricket field

The return effluent pump station and retention pond, located on the southern side of Marine Drive, across from the university’s Marine Drive entrance gate.

Contact information
Dr Andre Hefer
Sustainability Engineer
Tel: 041 504 1456