Johannesburg, Gauteng, 26 February 2018 – As leaders in the world of facilities management, Servest rely on the use of water as a key resource to deliver their core services, these include, Cleaning, Landscaping, Catering, Office Plants and Hygiene. “It was therefore an imperative for Servest to consider the conservation of water as a vital resource that is leaning towards almost becoming a scarcity – this is certainly the case in Cape Town at the moment” says, Abubakr Hattas, Group Business Improvement Specialist.
One of Servest’s main policies and strategy is to approach environmental sustainability through innovation. One example of this is their Office Plants Division, who has modified their interior plants operation. “We have changed the types of plants in the working environment, by replacing all plants that require a high water intake with harder, sustainable, water wise plants. These plants require less than one litre of water every 6-8 weeks, and if the environmental conditions are applicable, some plants only require water once every 3 months”, says Kumuran Pillay, National Sales and Marketing Director, Office Services.
It could be argued that office plants are not important, however the need for plants in offices is greater now than before. It positively affects the atmospheric conditions in the work environment of businesses. Plants remove harmful, volatile compounds (VOCs), such as formaldehyde and benzene from the air by as much as 70% in a 24 hour period and plants convert this into oxygen and water too, for the plants’ own nutritional needs.
Plants eliminate carbon monoxide from indoor areas, the absence of which certainly impact human attention, concentration and the overall health of people. Indoor plants also stabilise humidity by 30-60%, creating a more comfortable and healthy work environment, benefitting office workers’ general well-being in many ways, such as minimising throat dryness, preventing headaches, dry skin and fatigue, all of which can be attributed by dry air.
Servest also uses water that has been harvested from cooling systems at its depot. The company recommends other innovative water saving tips and solutions, which are specific to operational Landscaping and Turf, these include;
- implementing digital technology and sensors, to improve water management
- Substituting exotic lawns with indigenous lawns
- Replacing lawns with indigenous ground covers where heavy traffic isn’t an issue
- Swapping exotic ornamentals with locally indigenous plant species’ with a high aesthetic value associated with the regional vegetation types, to ensure that the species are adapted to the local climate
- Mulching of beds (applying a layer of material to the surface of soil to conserve soil moisture, improve the fertility and health of the soil, reducing weed growth and enhancing the visual appeal of the area)
- Spray to drip conversions
- Reducing and re-using storm and irrigation runoff water
- Installing Astroturf as a substitute to conventional grass turf
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