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Two new sustainability exhibits for Intaka

26 April 2016

 
Intaka Island Eco-Centre’s thriving environmental education programme is set to be boosted by two new sustainability exhibits –an aquaponics system and a wind turbine.  

Alan Liebenberg, Century City’s Environmental Officer*, says aquaphonics refers to a system that combines conventional aquaculture - that is the raising of aquatic animals - with hydroponics, which is the cultivation of plant in water, in a symbiotic environment.

“Our exhibit will comprise two tanks – one with deep water which will be home to fish and a second with shallower water, pebbles and plant floaters.
“Nutrient rich water from the fish tank will flow into the other tank where the plants will strip out the nutrients and polish the water before it is pumped back into the fish tank.
“As such it will mimic a natural wetland system.”

Liebenberg said the aquaponics was currently being installed and would be open to the public during May while the wind turbine, which will help Intaka achieve its long term goal of being off the grid, will be operational by the end of April. 

Intaka Island hosts around 30 000 visitors a year including a large number of school groups and offers age appropriate and curriculum compliant environmental education.

For further information contact Alan Liebenberg on alanl@centurycity.co.za or telephonically on: 021 552 6889

www.intaka.co.za