The first clear water lagoon powered by Crystal Lagoons® in Sub-Saharan Africa was the centre feature of Balwin Properties’ new development, The Blyde in Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa, which officially opened on 08 September 2018.
Crystal Lagoons®, in partnership with Balwin Properties Limited, has created the ultimate lifestyle development complete with a beach setting featuring white sands and crystal clear blue water. The Blyde gives its residents the ultimate lifestyle option of living near or next to the world’s top amenity – an idyllic clear water lagoon. It will also features a state of the art lifestyle centre which includes a restaurant, gym, spa, concierge, laundromat, multi-purpose sports fields as well as two swimming pools within the lagoon.
Balwin Properties Limited CEO, Steve Brookes, says: “Having The Blyde developed around a lagoon offers so much more to people who are looking for somewhere safe and a place where their children can be children – it has massive appeal to a wide range of people because there is nowhere else in Pretoria that is close to a large body of water which they can enjoy.”
This crystalline lagoon, powered by Crystal Lagoons®, at The Blyde, is the first one to be developed in sub-Saharan Africa and is expected to raise the bar on new residential developments as a lagoon offers so much more value and appeal for residents and property investors.
With 15 international offices and over 600 projects in 60 countries around the world, Crystal Lagoons has developed a pioneering, innovative, and environmentally sustainable technology that has been patented worldwide. Crystal Lagoons has created the world’s top amenity in the form of tropical turquoise man-made lagoons of unlimited size, which can be built and maintained at very low costs anywhere in the world, using a minimal amount of chemicals and energy.
Water Usage at The Blyde
Regional Director at multinational water innovation company Crystal Lagoons, Alastair Sinclair says, “A big positive for projects in South Africa is that the water usage of a crystalline lagoon powered by Crystal Lagoons technology has far less impact than that of a park or golf course. Crystal Lagoons’ technology addresses the concerns around the use of water and the energy needed to maintain conventional swimming pools. Also, any type of water can be used – ground water, salt water and even brackish water are all suitable to fill a beach-like Lagoon.”
The Crystal Lagoons water treatment technology offers several environmental advantages over traditional water treatment and filtration technologies, as it uses and is designed to utilise scarce resources, such as water and energy in a very rational manner, providing a sustainable and environmentally friendly solution. The evaporation of water from these pristine crystalline amenities is minimalised through the use of a microfilm technology that can reduce evaporation by up to 50%, which means that the lagoon does not have to be topped up with water regularly – as it would, for example, for swimming pools. In fact in some areas, rain water alone fulfils these requirements.
A typical Lagoon uses 30 times less water than a standard golf course. The filtration system consumes only 2% of the energy required by conventional filtration systems.
Sinclair concludes: “We are delighted with the inauguration of this crystalline lagoon at the Blyde in Pretoria, as it will not only provide tremendous value to our partners, Balwin Properties, and the residents of this development, but it also means that our company’s technology is now present on all five continents.”