Balwin Celebrates Anniversary of Crystal Lagoons Amenity in South Africa


Crystal Lagoons® first pure turquoise lagoon in South Africa, was launched at The Blyde Estate in Pretoria East a year ago. One of the country’s most important construction companies, Balwin, in partnership with the multinational water innovation company, have created a unique development complete with a white sand beach and crystalline waters, bringing beach life to residents’ doorsteps.

The Blyde Estate gives its residents the ultimate lifestyle option of living near the world’s top amenity – a crystalline lagoon powered by Crystal Lagoons technology, which was created by the firm’s President, Fernando Fischmann.

The project was recognized at the recent Africa and Arabia Property Awards where it received awards in the “Leisure Architecture” and “Leisure development for South Africa” categories. Balwin is currently the only property developer in South Africa with a license to operate Crystal Lagoons patented technology.

Balwin’s CEO, Steve Brookes, says: “Our partnership with Crystal Lagoons is a game changer for us. Our customers recognize that the quality offered by Crystal Lagoons is unrivalled in South Africa.

This is a key differentiator and selling point for us at The Blyde Estate and we remain the only property developer in South Africa able to deliver this world-class product to our customers. I am immensely proud of what we have achieved here as it ticks several boxes – a quality product that is environmentally friendly and delivers value for money for our customers.”

It has created the world’s top amenity in the form of clear lagoons of unlimited size, which can be built and maintained at very low costs anywhere in the world as it uses minimal chemicals and energy.

Crystal Lagoons water usage and sustainable technology

Regional Director for Africa at multinational water innovation company Crystal Lagoons, Alastair Sinclair says, “A big positive for us in South Africa is that the water usage of a crystalline lagoon has far less impact than a swimming pool. We can use any type of water ground water, saltwater and even brackish water.”

Crystal Lagoons water treatment technology offers several environmental advantages over traditional water treatment and filtration technologies as it operates in a closed circuit, minimizing the use of scarce resources such as water and energy and providing a sustainable and environmentally friendly solution.

Conventional swimming pool technology, seen in other lagoons, requires maintaining high levels of residual chlorine or other disinfectants in the water, to achieve permanent disinfection and avoid contamination. Maintaining such high levels of chemicals is not only costly but can also be harmful to the environment.

“Crystal Lagoons patented solution involves applying controlled pulses of small amounts of oxidants in the water, in very specific patterns determined through sensors and injectors strategically located around the lagoon, monitored and managed online from our global Crystal Lagoons Control Centre,” reiterates Sinclair.

“At Crystal Lagoons we embrace the success of our partners and this first project in South Africa, The Blyde, is not the exception, with whom we have shared a sensational past year.”

Crystal Lagoons is an international innovation company, founded by scientist Fernando Fischmann, which has developed a patent-protected technology that allows the construction and maintenance of unlimited-size clear water lagoons at very low costs.



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