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Sustainable Water Use Journey

As a response to the water crisis and to help businesses adjust to the “New Normal” of water scarcity the Sustainable Water Use Journey has been mapped out and proposes actions for each step of the journey. It is proposed for a business to understand their water uses and risks. This can include undertaking a water audit or metering and monitoring monthly water use. Setting water use reduction targets and identifying risks are all first steps along the water use journey. The second and third steps look at making investments in water efficiency interventions and changes in behaviour. The final step along the journey, and often the most costly and complex, is to develop alternative water supply options. By making changes in the first three steps, the costs of implementing alternative water supplies can be dramatically reduced.

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Sustainable Water Use Journey, GreenCape

Support Available to Businesses

There is a variety of free support available to businesses looking into reducing their water consumption.

Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDAT)

The water team within the Green Economy Programme in DEDAT offers a variety of business support.

For general water for the economy programme support including:

  • Industry engagements;
  • Links with municipalities and the Western Cape Government;
  • Licensing issues
  • Business related communications

For more information please contact Helen.Davies@westerncape.gov.zaLourencio.Pick2@westerncape.gov.za or Gregg.Brill@westerncape.gov.za

In response to business concerns around water security, a Western Cape Business Support FAQ has been developed to address some of the issues that have been raised. 

GreenCape

GreenCape's water programme concentrates on two broad areas: 

  • To improve the productive use of water to support sustainable economic development;
  • Secondly, to promote the uptake of green technologies and businesses.

Visit the Water Sector Desk's website for more information. To support businesses, they have set up a Drought Business Support Page which consists of information for each step of the Sustainable Water Use Journey and the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that GreenCape receive from business with regards to water security issues, and their answers.

Alternatively you can contact water@green-cape.co.za for business support in scoping for water solutions including:

  • Independent advice on possible solutions for increasing water efficiencies, reusing or recycling water and supply options;
  • Contacts for consultants and technology suppliers that could assist further;
  • Case studies and business case calculations for industrial water users and wineries

GreenCape also runs water-focussed networking and information sharing events. Sign-up to be a member and receive invites: http://www.green-cape.co.za/become-a-member

For businesses within the Agriculture sector, tools and water-related research is available on the GreenAgri website, which includes information on:

For any agriculture related queries you can contact ClairePengelly@green-cape.co.za

The 2019 Water Market Intelligence Report produced by GreenCape highlights business opportunities for the water sector in the green economy in the Western Cape, and is available for free download. 

City of Cape Town

For businesses located within the City of Cape Town there is a plethora of information on how to use water efficiently and minimise wastage. The City Business Enquiry Service provides information on the City’s procedures and processes. Please contact business.support@capetown.gov.za

Use this poster to share what your business' water consumption is.

Alternative and recycled water sources for your business or organisation

The City of Cape Town's website has information on:

  • Commercial water restrictions
  • Alternatives/Recycled Water Sources 
    • Information on boreholes and wells
    • Treated effluent re-use
    • Re-using grey water
    • Collecting rain water

For all the details on applying and making use of an alternative water system click here. This includes if your business is able to make use of treated effluent for irrigation or industrial purposes to assist in conserving the supply of potable water. You can apply to use treated effluent directly with the City of Cape Town via treat.effluent@capetown.gov.za 

If you are looking at making use of alternative water sources, the necessary information can be found here. As residents have frequently asked about the use of seawater as an alternative source in their home, the City of Cape Town has developed Guidelines for the Collection and Use of Sea Water for Household Purposes During the Cape Town Water Crisis. Information on Water Management Devices can be found here

The City also has a rebate available of up to 30% of the capital cost for large consumers investing in significant improvement on quality or zero generation of effluent. For more information email: waterpollution.control@capetown.gov.za

Please take note of the statement made by the Department of Water and Sanitation titled 'Water from private boreholes is not meant for sale'.

Raising Awareness on reducing water consumption 

As of 1 July 2019 the City of Cape Town has moved to a different restriction system. There are now effectively five restriction levels: zero restrictions, restrictions levels 1 - 3 and emergency restrictions. The City is currently on Level 3 restrictions under the new system. The City's Residential Water and Sanitation Services website provides all you need to know about current water restrictions and how you can save water at home. The City's Water Map provides information on household water use, treated effluent collection points and pressure management points. 

Communication materials

To access communication materials from provincial and local government departments click here.