Water Conservation Finalists – making every drop count

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h2o_logoWith South Africa in the midst of a crippling drought, conserving water is more important than ever. Making every drop count is the mission of our Eco-Logic Water Conservation Award finalists.

WATER CONSERVATION AWARD SPONSORED BY H₂O INTERNATIONAL

 

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Our Vision is “To be a beacon in Africa for the provision of Water and Sanitation Services”

City of Cape Town Water Conservation Section

The world-class City of Cape Town – a Caring, Inclusive and Opportunity City – is leading in many areas when it comes to conserving water. Although the city is home to a more than 3.8 million people, with a 30 percent population growth since 2000, current water demand is down to levels last seen 15 years ago.

Although Cape Town remains a water scarce region, residents and visitors are conscious of their dependence on water for growth and development – and the pressing need to conserve it.

Through careful planning, good water demand management and innovative awareness-raising campaigns focussed on reducing wasteful water consumption, the CoCT has avoided the need for new, expensive capital infrastructure.

The Water Conservation Section proudly received ISO 9001 certification in 2013 and maintained its status in 2014.

We constantly strive to realise our Vision Statement “To be a Beacon in Africa for the provision of Water and Sanitation Services”. And, driven by our Mission Statement and values, we commit to service excellence, the provision of quality water and sanitation services to our communities while considering best practice and improvement.

www.capetown.gov.za/water

Manzi promoting Blue Drop at Twilight

Manzi the water drop

 

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Participants at a City Blue Drop promotion

 

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Schools outing to learn about water resources

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 It takes many small streams to make a mighty river. Don’t underestimate the power you have in your two hands.

DWS/Eco-Schools Water Project – WESSA

The (Department of Water and Sanitation) DWS/Eco-Schools Water Project is a government and civil society partnership that assists more than 50 schools across South Africa to manage their water resources sustainably.

Schools identify water and sanitation issues in their communities and put actions into place to address them. During 2014, 332 100 litres of water were saved due to changed practices. Learners also cleared 316m² of alien vegetation, monitored 15 rivers for changes in water qualit and implemented 65 new sustainable practices such as grey water harvesting. Schools link their actions to classroom.

An example of the success of these innovative projects is Injoloba High School where learners decided to do an audit on the leaks within KwaMevane residential area in Howick, KwaZulu-Natal. They noted that many households had leaking taps that they could not fix. Learners – especially girls – and mothers were taught basic plumbing skills by volunteer plumbers. These community members were then called-on by their neighbours to fix leaks as they happened.

www.wessa.org.za

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Plumbers show Injoloba Secondary School learners how to fix taps

 

Learners walk for water - Youth Water Summit 2015

Learners walk for water – Youth Water Summit 2015

 

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Having fun turning off the tap!

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At Enviro Loo we are committed to bringing forward the day when every person has access to sustainable sanitation facilities.

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Enviro Loo is an innovative, dry, waterless toilet system designed and manufactured in South Africa. Enviro Loo provides a safe, dignified, non-polluting, cost-effective solution to the global sanitation crisis. It transforms human waste into stabilised waste material utilising an evaporation and dehydration system that uses the sun, enzymes and wind.

An integrated solution, Enviro Loo’s top structure ensures natural airflow and insulation to guarantee a comfortable ambient temperature for the user. Although waterless, the top structure is equipped with hand-washing facilities that use rain water via a collection tank and a solar-powered lighting facility.

Enviro Loo has zero environmental impact and uses no water or chemicals. It is designed to take into account infrastructure restrictions, cost constraints and the longevity of any sanitation facility. It is relevant for urban and rural communities, for developed and developing countries.

Contributing massively to the economy, education, health and the environment of the country.

www.enviro-loo.com

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Example of Enviro Loos

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Diagram showing how the Enviro Loo works

 

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Working towards water resilience and self-sufficiency across our operations and supply chain is no longer optional, it is a business imperative.

Woolworths Water Stewardship Initiative

The Woolworths Breede River Catchment Water Stewardship Initiative is working with nine stone fruit farmers in the Ceres area of the Western Cape, which supply both Woolworths and Marks & Spencers.  In partnership with the Worldwide Fund for Nature South Africa (WWF-SA), the farms have volunteered to identify opportunities to implement the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) Standard.

Water stewardship is a progression of improved water-use and a reduction in water-related impacts of internal and value chain operations. For Woolworths, it is a commitment to the sustainable management of shared water resources in the public interest through collective action with other businesses, governments, NGOs, suppliers and communities.

The main objective of the Water Stewardship Initiative is to work with farmers to address water risks and build resilience at the farm and catchment level.

www.woolworths.co.za

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Over the past 25 years the WWF-Mondi Wetlands Programme has championed the wise management of wetlands for South Africa’s water security.

The WWF-Mondi Wetlands Programme

Wetlands play an important role in managing our water resource. But an estimated 55% of South Africa’s water-stressed wetlands have been destroyed through poor land management. In response to this, in 1991 WWF and WESSA initiated the WWF-Mondi Wetlands Programme. Collaboratively with government, NGOs and land-users, the Programme championed and supported a number of initiatives to restore wetland ecosystem health for the public common grestry industry to strengthen the management of their wetlands through removing high water using exotic plantation trees from wetlands, riparian areas, and their surrounding buffer areas; the government led Working for Wetlands Programme that has spent more than half a billion Rand rehabilitating degraded wetlands while alleviating poverty through job and skill creation for thousands of people; the sugar industry developing and implementing a sustainable farm management system strengthening environmental and social farm practices; catalysing the expansion of a wetland community of practice to grow into a multi-million Rand wetland management industry.

www.wwf.org.za/what_we_do/freshwater/mwp/

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Study tour to view wetlands (©WWF-MWP)

 

Well managed wetland. copyright Vaughan Koopman

Example of a well-managed wetland (© Vaughan Koopman)

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WWF team visits the Midlands (© Scott Ramsay)