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City's water saving efforts awarded

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The City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation Department has received another award for its efforts in water conservation and water demand management.

The accolade was bestowed upon the City at a prestigious event held by the Department of Water Affairs (DWA) on 18 October 2013.

In its submission, the City provided clear statistical evidence to highlight the water conservation and water demand management initiatives implemented and projected across the city.

The City won in the category for Metropolitan and District Municipalities for its unique interventions to the benefit of the city.

The City won the award for the following projects:

  • Major and minor pressure management projects, which sustainably reduce system water losses, pipe bursts, and internal leaks; and prolong the reticulation lifespan, thus saving the City water and money. The current total annual savings for existing projects are approximately 3,73 million m³ of water which equates to around R31 million per year;
  • Retrofitting and leak fixing undertaken in Samora Machel, Ravensmead and Fisantekraal. The average water saving achieved with this project was approximately 10kl/month per targeted area and a financial saving of between R1,2 and R1,7 million per year per targeted area; and
  • The Water Education Consumer Perception Assessment Project which was done by the Water Conservation Section as part of the Mayoral Expanded Public Works Programme to ensure the application of the most efficient education and awareness strategy, to achieve maximum water savings in the city.

“We are extremely proud of this significant achievement which recognises the contribution of the City of Cape Town to the Water Sector and the leading role that it plays to take care of our life-preserving and finite resource. Congratulations to the Water and Sanitation Department for their dedication and commitment to ensure that the City meets its desired objectives as a Well-run and Caring City,” says the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Utility Services, Councillor Ernest Sonnenberg.

The participants were assessed for:

  • measurable impact and reduction in wastage;
  • innovation;
  • benefits to the people on the ground;
  • sustainability;
  • economic benefit for the organisation or community; and 
  • capacity building.

Previous accolades for the Water and Sanitation Department include:

  • maintaining and improving our Blue Drop status. Since the inception of the Department of Water Affairs’ Incentive-based regulation in 2008, the City is consistently in the top 10 nationally;
  • maintaining and increasing the number of Wastewater Treatment Works with Green Drop status;
  • receiving awards from the Water Institute of Southern Africa for some of our Wastewater Treatment Works;
  • previously winning the Department of Water Affairs Water Sector Award; and 
  • an Appreciation Award for significant contribution to the enhancement of the Regulatory Performance Management System (RPMS) programme.
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