Rockcote ‘rains’ in the water use with Senator Kim Carr

News /
11 August 2010

The Federal Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator Kim Carr will visit multi-award winning Yandina based company, Rockcote today to view the company’s progress regarding a new rainwater harvesting and treatment system which is expected to save over 1,000,000 litres of water annually. The project is jointly funded by Rockcote and the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research through the AusIndustry ‘Re-tooling for Climate Change’ initiative.

Rockcote’s new rainwater harvesting and treatment system will replace all mains water utilised for the production of the company’s coloured renders and painted finishes with the site totally water self sufficient by the end of the year.

Rainwater will be captured via the company’s roof with waste water generated as a result of the production processes treated and recycled for use for non-potable purposes such as the flushing of staff toilets and watering of gardens. Another innovative Sunshine Coast based company, Noosaville’s Clearmake has developed the state of the art, chemical free water treatment technology.

Rockcote Director Bob Cameron said that in line with the company’s reputation for innovation and sustainable thinking the savings would not just extend to water use but to the company’s bottom line.

“The challenge was that we were not short of water but that we had a shortage of the right type of water.

“The thousands of litres of fresh rainwater runoff and the waste water produced as a byproduct of our manufacturing processes were a complete waste of the Earth’s resources. The treatment of the waste water was also an expensive liability for the company.

“Our new treatment and recycling facility will see a reduction of our total water usage by approximately two thirds, contributing big savings to our bottom line and the planet’s resources.” Bob said that another advantage of the technology would mean that the company would not be tied to increases in water or wastewater treatment charges and would provide plenty of water for the company’s future plans for more innovative and sustainable projects such as onsite vegetable gardens and fish farming.

“This project is an example of how innovative thinking and technology can add real value to business.

“I don’t believe that we have a water crisis or an energy crisis in our world today, I believe that we have a shortage of innovative thought, logic and imagination.”

Rockcote’s energy efficient and innovative Design Centre and showroom at the Gold Coat is a recent recipient of the United Nations Australia World Environment Day Green Building Award and utilises similar water harvesting and treatment processes.

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