Winemaker Frans keeps these as inspiration in his office.
Spier used the Biolytix system to convert organic and human waste into a reusable resource. In 2006 we discovered that Biolytic was not treating the wastewater to the legal requirements for re-use. Research showed it was more effective for small scale requirements, but that Spier needed a new way to treat wastewater from all its business.
We needed to find a sustainable long-term option to solve our wastewater issues in an environmentally-friendly way, overhaul all existing systems and centralise our treatment facilities.
Consider wastewater. The name itself implies that it is of no use, it’s just waste. But in a water scarce environment, turning so-called wastewater – which includes grey water (from baths, kitchens and washing clothes) and black water (sewage) – into water we can use would be incredibly useful.
Spier’s wastewater treatment plant does just that. It treats 100% of Spier’s wastewater using only environmentally friendly methodology, and the clean water is recycled and used to irrigate our garden and grounds.
Our new-ish restaurant, Eight, has made us all a little obsessive about where our food comes from. Most of the food served at Eight comes right off the Spier farm, or if not, Chef Lolli and her team go to excruciating lengths to vet suppliers and understand their farming practices.