Water Supply Augmentation | 110% Green

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. Once you have managed to reduce your water consumption, the next step is to look at augementing the water supply.

Increase Own Water Supplies Continuum

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

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 during the drought, they have set up a Drought Business Support Page which consists of information on each step of the Sustainable Water Use Journey and the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that GreenCape receive from business with regards to the drought, 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-focused networking and information sharing events. Sign-up to be a member and receive invites: http://www.green-cape.co.za/become-a-member

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

For businesses located within the City of Cape Town, a City Business Enquiry Service has been set up that will provide information on the City’s procedures and processes. Please contact business.support@capetown.gov.za

Groundwater or Borehole Use

Groundwater or boreholes are a reliable means of accessing water. However, the access to this water is limited and carefully regulated. There are effectively three categories of groundwater use:

  • Schedule 1 (of the National Water Act): This is for domestic and non-commercial use only. The applicant would need to register their use with their municipality and ensure that they don’t exceed the abstraction limit of 10 kl/day. This water is typically used for watering residential gardens or common amenity areas. It is noted that at this point of the drought, the use of this water for irrigation purposes is not advised and should rather be used for purposes such as flushing toilets.
  • General authorisation: This is for applicants who are abstracting more than the Schedule 1 limit noted above or who intend to utilise this water for commercial purposes, but with usage being below the  area’s general authorisation limit (the limit differs for each area, depending on the nature of the local aquifer).
  • Water use license: A water use license can be applied for through the National Department of Water & Sanitation’s online Electronic Water Use Licence Application and Authorisation System (e-WULAAS)

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

If you are in the City of Cape Town, all the details on applying and making use of an alternative water systems can be found here. The City's Water Map can be accessed here and provides information on household water use, treated effluent collection points and pressure management points.

If you would like to register as a water service intermediary - selling on water that has been abstracted or treated to other parties - please visit the City of Cape Town's website. The application for can be downloaded here. If you have any queries you can contact Nokuzola Mhlungu at nokuzola.mhlungu@capetown.gov.za or 021 444 1107.

Suppliers of Water Saving Related Technologies and Services

In an effort to link businesses and residents to service providers who can assist with their water saving efforts a database of suppliers has been developed. 

The list can be downloaded by clicking the below link. Please note that this list is updated frequently. 

Suppliers Form

Please note:

  • Within the context of the current water crisis in the Western Cape, this database is intended to assist private persons and businesses wishing to improve their water management systems and/or reduce the amount of water they consume to easily identify potential suppliers of water-related products and/or services. The suppliers included in the database have not been vetted or accredited by the Western Cape Government, the City of Cape Town and/or GreenCape. This database is published for information purposes only and does not in any way represent or constitute an endorsement of any particular supplier, product and/or service by the Western Cape Government, the City of Cape Town and/or GreenCape. 
  • The Western Cape Government, the City of Cape Town and GreenCape cannot and do not warrant the accuracy of any information included in this database. Any private person or business interested in contracting with suppliers included in the database is therefore advised to:
    • Confirm the accuracy of any information included in this database with the suppliers concerned;
    • Check whether the suppliers concerned have been duly registered with the appropriate professional body (where one exists);
    • Obtain three quotes from a variety of suppliers (where appropriate and necessary); and/or
    • Request potential service providers to provide references.
  • The Western Cape Government, the City of Cape Town and/or GreenCape shall not under any circumstances be liable for any inconvenience, losses and/or damages suffered by any private person who and/or any private business that relies on the information included in this database and/or contracts with any one or more suppliers included in such database.
  • Any suppliers of water-related products and/or services that wish to have their products and/or services included in the database are invited to submit their product / services information via form below.