Revolutionary System Helps to Bring Clean Water to Botswana

Posted: Tuesday 13th December 2016

Borders based water disinfection specialists, Scotmas Group, have today launched a revolutionary new in line water treatment system for rural water systems in developing countries, that operates without grid electricity or solar power. The Scotmas Bravo Hydro is fully self-sustaining, creating its own power by means of a tiny hydro-electric generator placed within the water pipe itself, and is intended to allow water to be reliably disinfected in remote areas that has never been possible before.

Commenting on the release, Alistair Cameron, Scotmas Managing Director said:

"Scotmas work on developing water disinfection systems in challenging locations around the world. The need for effective water disinfection in remote areas of developing countries has never been greater, but difficulties include a lack of reliable grid electricity, potential theft of solar panels from remote locations, and the difficult maintenance required for traditional venturi pump systems."

"Working in close partnership with our clients throughout Asia and Africa, we have worked to bring the latest innovations in hydro-electric technology to the water treatment sector. The Bravo Hydro also incorporates the latest IoT technologies, to use mobile and satellite data links in order to provide remote monitoring for the operation of isolated water stations."

The Bravo Hydro will be introduced into 40 villages in Botswana from January 2017. Due to a range of environmental and social factors including drought, and a population increase in Botswana, sources of safe drinking water have become increasingly scarce. Hence, water is an extremely valuable resource. The Scotmas project is part of a large investment by the Botswanan Government to improve water distribution to rural communities and assist in economic and social development.

The latest product launch by Scotmas, who employ 42 employees at their Kelso headquarters, follows a series of recent successes. These include a prestigious SMART Award from Scottish Enterprise for further new product development in the water sector, and market entry to the oil & gas sector in Iran following the recent lifting of International sanctions affecting that country.

Visiting the Scotmas site along with representatives from Scottish Enterprise to welcome visitors from the Botswana Water Authority, local MP Calum Kerr said:

"I was delighted to meet with representatives from Botswana Water Authority today, to hear first-hand about how their relationship with Scotmas developed.

Scotmas is a pioneering business that demonstrates what can be achieved when you combine innovation, skills and targeted support.

The story of Bravo Hydro is remarkable. We should all be proud of the business's achievement as it launches a product that looks set to have a very positive impact on the long struggle to bring clean, safe, drinking water to some of the most challenging circumstances on the planet.

This kind of highly specialised manufacturing, geared for a global export market, has enormous potential. So the continued success of this company is welcome on a number of levels."

Commenting on the visit, Alistair Cameron said: "Innovation lies at the heart of what we do best at Scotmas. Through the assistance of Scottish Enterprise, our diverse team of engineers, scientists and manufacturing staff have worked hard to develop this new product in record time. This will give us the best possible platform for further growth and job creation over the coming years."

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