If you grew up with a swimming pool, you know the gross pool filtration bag that caught all the leaves and dead bugs. Well, Australia just scaled that concept up.
We love seeing clever innovations that will better the world. Especially when it comes to clearing harmful elements from our water sources. Remember the concept of the Seabin? That was similar to this concept and also worked on the same idea as a swimming pool filtration system.
Another clever concept is the big wheel trash collectors found in harbours of the USA. Both these ideas were created to combat plastic in the ocean but thanks to this new Australian idea, the plastic pollution and other rubbish can be prevented from ever entering the ocean in the first place.
The idea is to install a drainage net over an outflow pipe and catch anything that shouldn’t be in the waterways. According to the City of Kwinana, they have already collected over 370kgs of debris.
“Did you know the City has installed two drainage nets in Henley Reserve? Started as a trial to reduce the discharge of rubbish from drainage systems, these nets have collected 370kg of debris from entering our nature reserve since their installation. How amazing is that!” – The city of Kwinana, Australia
Since posting about the new drainage nets, the city’s post has gone viral with people all over the world loving the concept. The post reached over 2.5 million people in less than 48 hours. The mayor of the town was overjoyed to have inspired so many people.
What do you think… would this work for South Africa’s waterways?