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About Scarab® Water

The SCARAB® team, originally based only in South Africa, is now also in Australia, designs and installs pre-engineered domestic sewage treatment systems. The Scarab brand was first marketed in mid 2001, and a major investment and research program was initiated, resulting, finally, in the first prototype. This new design was installed in mid 2002.

The system proved to be very effective and reliable, easily passing tests conducted by Umgeni Water (March 2003), and finally getting approval from Durban Metro (April 2003). It should be noted that the SCARAB® system is the only design to have been approved by Durban Metro - under the old guideline policy No 8 and No 12. This system is still operational today.

Treat your water to a Scarab® system.

The Package Plant People

SCARAB® was owned by Steve Nicol and the late Gordon Nicol, and their experience in the sewer industry started as early as 1982. In 1986, Steve started his own business, United Pumping, and Gordon joined him in 1988. Primarily, United Pumping, now Unipump cc, serviced and maintained sewer pumping and treatment equipment for the public and private sectors. With this experience, the family team were asked by business associates, to help develop a new sewage package plant and that product became commercialized in 1997. The association ended in 2001 and SCARAB® was launched. 

SCARAB® is a listed Top 100 South African company (tt100) for it's technology in 2004, 2005 and 2006, and featured in the Engineering News (here) The 2006 tt100 Bio2Biz award in Durban, was presented to Steve Nicol, by the Science and Technology deputy minister, Derek Hanekom. Since 2006, Scarab has been recognised by a wide range of local and international experts, for company's efforts to produce the very best products, in an industry that will need to perform, if it is to save the earth's most precious resource - WATER. (see accolades here).

In 2011, the company relocated to Limpopo, which was not only closer to it's local and international markets, based in Johannesburg, but gave the team opportunity to thrive, in a relaxed rural environment.

SCARAB® Australia (Pty) Ltd ( link here, ) was launched in May 2013, and we have 3 successful package plants in Queensland.

Treat your water to a Scarab® system.

Scarab® Water Office

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The Scarab® Team

The Package Plant People.
Steve Nicol

Steve Nicol - Scarab SA

Contact Details

Scarab Water (South Africa)

Stefan Joubert  -  Sales
Mobile -  082 307 9470
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Steve Nicol - Director / Founder
Mobile -  082 441 9549
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