Game changers in the war on water wastage

There is much to be said about the fact that for the foreseeable future Day Zero should not become a reality. Capetonians are breathing a collective sigh of relief at not needing to queue for water anytime soon. The question remains, whose efforts led to staving off that dismal day?

Baseline Coffee

Coffee culture is serious business in Cape Town. Deon and Stacy, the founders of the Baseline coffee roastery, fully agree and live their slogan “Bad coffee shouldn’t happen to good people.”

Recent water saving ventures by this business have proved that they are as serious about conserving our most precious resource as they are about serving quality caffeine. The roastery has implemented changes including recyclable paper cups instead of ceramic, which save 60 litres of water a day previously used to wash cups.

A personal water meter has been installed so that they can monitor their water consumption. They also installed a 1000 litre water tank to supply their customers with non–municipal drinking water.

FCB Cape Town

This advertising agency has been around for a long time and stays ahead of the curve by keeping up to date with trends and evolving alongside the needs of the public.

If they’re half as creative with their campaigns as they have been with their water crisis strategies, we’ll all be buying their clients’ products in no time! They have made significant changes, starting with a move to bottled drinking water. This is also sometimes used for washing dishes.

The agency has also turned off the hydro boils in the kitchen and limited the use of the espresso machine to certain hours of the day. As a precautionary measure, they are also looking to replace crockery with recyclable or disposable alternatives.

The Test Kitchen

Winner of the best restaurant in the country not once but five times, we might have predicted that the innovative minds behind The Test Kitchen would get creative with their water conservation action plan!

Some of their changes include a complete overhaul of the menu to make food that can be prepared with less water and minimal sauces. Others include using the leftover melted ice to wash the floors and installing water saving taps.

The company has also collaborated with another Woodstock based business to serve food on plates that need no washing! Castle Framers constructed plates from obeche wood and coated them with nitrocellulose sealer to ensure the plate is water resistant. The clean look works well with the high – end customers at the restaurant, and every patron is doing their bit not to increase demands on our limited water resources.

We would like to congratulate these wonderful local businesses for taking responsibility and conserving water. Thanks to their efforts we hope to have water in our taps for the foreseeable future!

Road closure notification – Open Streets

As we prepare for another Open Streets Main Road along the M4 next Sunday 25th February, please note there will be a disruption in the normal use of our roads.

Please see below road closure notification and poster.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information on how to get involved  in the event and what the programme will be please click on the link:https://goo.gl/vicHGB

See Facebook page for the event: https://goo.gl/9Y9wsw

Remember it is a day of fun so bring your friends, family, neighbours, and an activity or game to share with others. It’s your street for a day – what will you do?

 

Level 6B water restrictions – let’s beat day zero

The water shortage in our city is a serious matter and one that none of us can avoid, it is each and everyone’s responsibility to continue working hard to save as much water as we possibly can.

To help in the process, the City of Cape Town has implemented Level 6B Water Restrictions that have been effective from the 1st of February 2018 until further notice.

This is applicable for both residential and commercial entities.

To read more and find out other ways to save water, please click this link and stay informed >https://goo.gl/i37qUG

Working together we can avoid day zero. Tell us what your business is doing to save water?

Drought Business Support

 

Below are the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that we receive from business with regards to the drought, and their answers:

 

Q: How serious is the drought?

This is the worst drought in the region since records began. For the latest dam and consumption levels, please refer to the following resources:

 

Q: What is Government doing to address the drought?

A: All tiers of government are actively responding to the drought crisis through restrictions, reducing their own consumption, awareness raising, augmenting supply, amongst other interventions. For the latest updates please refer below:

 

Q: What can my business do?

Start your business’ sustainable water journey today to:

  1. Improve the understanding of our water use and risks
  2. Increase its water efficiency
  3. Reuse the water we use on-site
  4. Access alternative supplies of water
  5. Work with other businesses to build a better water future together

 

Sustainable water use journey

Figure 1: Stages in the sustainable water journey

 

1. Understand water uses and risks

As the old adage goes, you cannot manage what you do not measure. This is the first step on the sustainable water journey, and perhaps the most important. Businesses need to get a handle on what their water usage is, where it is being used and for what purposes. This can be done by conducting water audits, by installing smart-meters and/or sub-metering your business property. Metering has proven to be an incredibly effective strategy at identifying leaks, so that they can be fixed quickly. Metering alone has helped businesses reduce their consumption significantly due to the identification of leaks and the subsequent behaviour changes. It is also important to note that large water users (using more than 10 000 000 litres per annum) are required to report their water use to the City of Cape Town.

An example of how water use varies by type of facility indicated here.

Understanding how much water is being used, where and how will help you create a resilience plan with the greatest impact. Furthermore, it is important to evaluate the quality of water required for your various uses, for example, potable water is not required for flushing toilets and therefore alternative water sources could be explored. You also need to evaluate where your biggest risk from a lack of water may arise. If you (or your suppliers or customers) do not have access to water, how will this impact on your business?

Once your current consumption has been benchmarked, the next step is to create targets for your organisation, linking them to individual users and interventions. Here is an example of a water wise pledge by FEDHASA Cape, that reflects commitment to set targets and openness to accountability. Below are tools and case studies that can assist you in this process, categorised into sectors.

Commercial sector

The Green Building Council of South Africa’s energy and water benchmarking tool provides a guideline for the calculation of your office building’s water (and energy) use. The tool also benchmarks water (and energy) use relative to similar offices and provides an indication of how well your business is faring on scale of 1 -10. This tool has also been utilised to rate Growthpoint Properties in terms of water and energy efficiency on their free mobile app. The dti also financed a detailed report Baseline water use determination and target setting in the commercial sector. If this all seems too complicated, use on of the many international calculators, with the Kohler example being one of the simplest.

Hospitality sector

For hotels, lodges and B&B’s that wish to determine where and how water is used in their establishment as well consider what alternatives are available to reduce water consumption the AquaSmart Hotels tool is available on the Water Research Council (WRC) website. Note, it consists of two excel workbooks, the first is the tool itself and the second is a database where water consumption can be stored. Businesses in the sector can also consider utilising posters to encourage water saving by guests.

Health care facilities

For implementing water efficiency measures in health care facilities, refer to the technical memorandum on water use in hospitals.

Industrial sector

Industrial water use is highly process specific and therefore varies greatly. This is reflected in the range of Natsurvs undertaken by the Water Research Council (WRC) to consider the benchmarks for different industries ranging from laundry to abattoirs. A summary of the Natsurvs is included here with the full details of the Natsurvs available on the WRC website

For business that are interested in undergoing an audit of their water (and or energy, materials or waste) usage, the National Cleaner Production Centre (NCPC) offers free Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production (RECP) assessments, if you are interested apply on their website.

The importance of understanding water use along the entire value chain is illustrated by the case of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK): 86% of their total water volume is used by their suppliers, while only 3% is used in their own operations. This allowed them to target water projects where they would have the most impact: by supporting farmers in India. In a similar manner, South African Breweries (SAB) noted that the irrigation of barley is a significant input when considering the full value chain and invested in an alternative irrigation method. SAB also supported invasive alien vegetation clearing to offset its water use, which allowed for the complete offset of their water use at SAB’s Ibhayi Brewery in Port Elizabeth and its Newlands Brewery in Cape Town.

Agricultural sector

For businesses in the agriculture sector, the GreenAgri website provide a great overview of available options.

Households and small enterprises

For individuals that want to get to grips with how they can reach the 87 litres a day target, the City of Cape Town’s water consumption calculator helps you figure out where you are using water as an individual.

For the residential sector the Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies(EDGE) green building certification system provides a measurable way for residential developers to optimise the performance of their building design.

 

2. Water efficiency interventions

Once your business has identified where its water is being utilised, the next step is implementing water efficient technologies, fittings, processes and behaviours. Toilets, taps and showers typically consume 40-60% of the total annual potable water use in domestic and commercial areas. Therefore, these fixtures are a high impact target area to address when looking to reduce water consumption. They are also relatively easy and cost effective to retrofit with water saving fixtures. Refer to the summary guidelines for the installations of alternative water installations in Cape Town for a comprehensive understanding of the risks and regulatory requirements. These interventions will again vary significantly by sector, but some generic examples are included below.

Water efficient fittings (typically easy to retrofit):

  • Hold-flush or dual flush toilets
  • Waterless urinals
  • Cistern displacement item (older toilets)
  • Low-flow aerated taps
  • Low-flow shower-heads
  • High efficiency pre-rinse spray valves
  • Water efficient dishwashers & washing machines
  • Automatic switch off devices / motion sensor devices – e.g. for cleaning conveyor belts

Water efficient practices:

  • Fix leaks and faulty / leaking equipment & service equipment on a regular basis
  • Uncomplicated reporting procedure for staff to report leaks
  • Optimise the operation of cooling systems
  • Sweeping or mopping floors rather than spraying down floors
  • Implement water wise gardening and do not irrigate with potable water
  • Only operate dishwashers and washing machines when fully loaded
  • Staff training and guest awareness programmes

Commercial Sector

Many of the water efficient fitting examples included above are relevant for offices, and are easy and cheap to install. For further suggestions, refer to the Alliance for water efficiency. Fournos Group, Tanaz Hair and Virgin Active also highlight some of the interventions they undertook when Gauteng faced drought conditions in 2015. This short ENC report highlights some of these interventions that include: more efficient cleaning and less frequent backwashing of pools. The US EPA has also developed an extensive guideline for best management practice in commercial buildings.

Hospitality Sector

There are a number of guidelines for the hospitality sector, including Best Practice Guidelines for Water Usage for Hotel Industry developed by the water supplies department of Hong Kong. This provides a useful guideline for hotels on where water efficiency interventions can be implemented.Green Hotelier also provides an overview of water efficiency interventions that should be considered their Water Management and Responsibility in Hotels article. In recognition of the severity of the drought, 120 hotel leaders in Fedhasa CAPE signed a water pledge on 5 October 2017 to reduce water consumption (through various measures) and to share water use data. FEDHASA Cape will also establish a water-wise task team to assist members in developing water wise policies and implementation plans. Here is an article on how the city’s top hotels are taking action in the drought climate.

Industrial Sector

There are a wide range of industrial sector examples of what can be achieved in terms when water efficient interventions are undertaken in manufacturing processes. Coca-Cola Beverages SA (CCBSA) have been able to reduce the amount of water required to produce one litre of soft drink from 2.13 litres in 2010 to 1.7 litres in 2016. Internationally, a wide range of interventions have successfully implemented in a wide range of companies. These include Ford, Kimball Office, MillerCoors, Cascade Tissue Group and BASF.

Households and small enterprises

For households and small enterprises that are interested in getting to grips with water efficient fittings, JG Afrika’s Domestic Water Saving Fixtures Report provides a great overview of possible interventions. This report proposes a DIY water efficient fixture installation guide for domestic / commercial water users to reduce potable water consumption (and associated costs) in homes and offices.

 

3. On-site reuse

Once the water use has been clearly assessed and efficient processes implemented, the third step is to consider onsite reuse. The primary intention of re-use is to cascade water use between processes where fit-for-purpose quality water is required. Depending on the intended use, the wastewater may require treatment prior to reuse, and may either be treated to potable or non-potable standard.  Greywater from commercial and residential properties can be re-used on-site either outdoors (for garden irrigation) or indoors for toilet flushing if treated. Current technologies for outdoor use range from simple low-tech adaptors to automated systems incorporating basic treatment and irrigation systems.

Table 1: Types of wastewater

Type Description
Industrial effluent This is any wastewater generated by an industrial activity.
Greywater Relatively clean wastewater from handbasins, showers, baths and laundries.
Blackwater Sanitation (toilet) water.

 

Industrial water reuse is an established and growing sector. For example, Ford has invested more than $21-million in a Wastewater Treatment Plant at its Silverton, Pretoria facility. The processes involved in treating industrial process water are complex, but are incentivised by the City of Cape through their industrial water rebate (section 11.16 of their Water and Sanitation Tariff Policies). This allows businesses to recover some of the capital costs they undertake to improve industrial effluent’s quality and quantity. For more information contact the City of Cape Town.

4. Alternative water-supply

In a drought as extreme as the current one, it may be prudent to explore alternative sources of water to secure your business continuity. However, this should not be pursued before the first three steps of the process have been exhausted. Below are the options available to households and businesses (noting that potable water supply remains the responsibility of the municipality):

Rainwater or stormwater harvesting

Rainwater harvesting should be explored as a possible option to supplement supply, but treated with caution. The Western Cape is predominantly a winter rainfall region, and without significant storage, the captured rainfall may not last long into the summer. However it is a good option to explore if you have significant hard surfaces (roofing and paving) where rainwater could be funnelled and captured. To consider how much water you can collect consider that  each square metre of roof area collects 1 litre of water for every 1 millimetre of rainfall received.

The Bayside Mall presents an interesting case where both rainwater and stormwater is being harvested for toilet flushing and irrigation. CTM has also successfully installed at least two rainwater harvesting projects. In addition, CTM plans to consider rainwater harvesting on all new developments as well as part of renovations of existing stores. Utilise the Water Harvesting Tool to help you assess the viability of using rainwater to supplement your supply.

Water storage

Businesses should protect themselves from the risk of municipal water not being available or intermittent through the installation of on-site water storage. It is also important to note that Cape Town’s Water By-law (2010) section 52d require businesses to have some water storage on site.

Groundwater or borehole use

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

  • Schedule 1 (of the National Water Act): This is for domestic and non-commercial use only. You will need to register your use with your municipality and ensure that you don’t exceed the abstraction limit of 10 kl/day. This water is typically used for watering residential gardens or common amenity areas
  • General Authorisation: This is when you are abstracting more than the Schedule 1 limit noted above or you intend to utilise this water for commercial purposes, but your usage is below your area’s general authorisation limit and therefore doesn’t require a water use license. The limits, as outlined in the General Authorisation for the Taking and Storing of Water, are very location specific. For example, in most of Cape Town, you can abstract up to 400 kl/hectare/year without requiring a water use license, however in Saldanha Bay and Swartland your general authorisation limit is 150 kl/hectare/year. It is also important note that some areas have a zero general authorisation level, and any water extraction above schedule 1 will require a water use license. You may also not extract more than 40 000 kl/year for one property, regardless of the area you are in. If you meet all of the criteria outlined in the General Authorisation, then you must register your groundwater use with DWS, which can take a few weeks.
  • Water use license: A water use license can be applied for through the DWS’s online Electronic Water Use Licence Application and Authorisation System (e-WULAAS). Please not that this process can take some time, with the department committing to a 300 day deadline from submission to notification of application decision.

Treated municipal effluent

Municipal wastewater is typically treated to “river quality” and returned to rivers or the sea. However, there is growing recognition of the usefulness of this resource for businesses and industry.  While the water has been treated to a safe standard it is not potable, thus not fit for human consumption. The water can however be used for irrigation and could also be treated further, if need be. The City of Cape Town is promoting the use of treated effluent and you can apply to collect this water from your nearest Waste Water Treatment Works (contact details are on the map). Treated effluent water is also substantially cheaper than municipal water so may be a financially sound manner to decrease your business’ use of municipal water. The application form can also be downloaded here.

 

5. Water partnerships and stewardship

This drought cannot be fought alone, and it requires everyone in society to work together to ensure we become more sustainable. There are some great examples of what can be accomplished when organisations collaborate to ensure the scarce water resources are used effectively. Strategic Water Partners Network South Africa highlights projects done by a range of stakeholders including: Anglo American, CocaCola, Eskom, Nestlè, SAB and Sasol. WWF-SA’s Water Balance Programme links corporate water users to the health of our natural infrastructure through positive investment into critical catchments. These investments are used to clear invasive alien vegetation to balance the participant’s operational water use, as well as to mobilise the collective action necessary to ensure the sustainability of these interventions.

Source: https://www.greencape.co.za/content/focusarea/drought-business-support  

GreenCape aims to help businesses collaborate and support each other on their water resilience efforts through the sharing of case studies, reports and industry events. Please share your water journey with us so we can publicise it and sign-up to become a member to ensure you receive all the latest correspondence on our events and reports.

WATER CRISIS FORUM & EXHIBITION FOR BUSINESS – 19 October 2017 at CTICC 

Cape Town businesses have to reduce water use by at least 20% under Level 5 water restrictions, in this worst drought in recorded history. Join this Energy, Water & Waste Forum meeting to get updated on the City of Cape Town’s water resilience plan, and practical guidance on water saving and alternative water systems. Learn from business case studies, tools and resources, and a panel discussion on best practices. Forum starts 08h30 for 09h00, until 13h00. An exhibition with 30 suppliers of water-related technologies starts at 08h00, and will be open to the public from 14h00 -17h00.

There is no charge for attendance, but only 400 seats are available at the Forum. Click here to RSVP. Email any queries to business.events@capetown.gov.za

More info about this Forum meeting:

The City of Cape Town and partners at the ‘Energy, Water and Waste Forum’ (previously the Energy Efficiency Forum) invite you to attend a Forum meeting and exhibition focussed on the water crisis.  

DATE              : Thursday 19 October 2017
TIME              08h30 for 09h00 – 13h00, followed by light lunch & exhibition until 17h00
VENUE           Hall 1, Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), Cape Town. 
RSVP             : Click here to RSVP Please also forward to anyone else who may be interested in attending.   

PROGRAMME OUTLINE 

KEYNOTE ADDRESS – Executive Mayor of the City of Cape Town, Alderman Patricia de Lillle

CITY OF CAPE TOWN WATER RESILIENCE UPDATE

  • Latest on resilience plan implementation, including supply and demand side solutions
  • Introduction of draft guidelines for installation of alternative water systems 
  • Practical guidance for businesses e.g. contingency plans, support tools etc.

BEST PRACTICE PRINCIPLES FOR WATER MANAGEMENT – GreenCape

BUSINESS CASE STUDIES AND PANEL DISCUSSION– A range of businesses will share their water saving and alternative water use initiatives, and lessons learnt. 

GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL SOUTH AFRICA UPDATE – with water focus

ENERGY UPDATE –City of Cape Town’s Energy Directorate

EXHIBITION – 30 suppliers of water-related technologies and solutions. Exhibition open from 8am, and open to the public from 14h00 to 17h00. 

Tea and light lunch will be served in the exhibition area. 

Please RSVP to receive the full programme and venue directions.There is no charge for attending the Forum, but attendance is limited to 400 business people. Business association representatives will get priority. For any queries, contact business.events@capetown.gov.za.

Invitation to stakeholder meeting

Dear SRA/CID members,

You are invited to the stakeholder meeting. The MSDF and CITP are important policy documents for the City of Cape
Town and contain relevant information for businesses in relation to the future of transport and development within Cape Town.

Please RSVP via this link: https://confirmsubscription.com/h/i/E4DED5061819B08D
We look forward to seeing you on 22 August.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY FORUM ON 16 MARCH 2017

Date   : Thursday 16 March 2017
Time   : 08H30 for 09h00 – 12h30, followed by light lunch
Where: West Campus Presentation Room, Old Mutual head office, Pinelands.
Click here for directions
 

 

 

PROGRAMME OUTLINE

WATER CRISIS – By popular demand, the City’s Water Services Department will explain the current water shortage, what the City is doing, and what is required from business in Cape Town. A new water rating system for companies will also be introduced.

WOOLWORTHS RETAIL CASE STUDY– The Woolworths Palmyra store in Claremont is the first retail outlet in South Africa to achieve a 5-star Green Star SA rating for Existing Building Performance Custom Tenants from GBCSA. Justin Smith will share their water and energy efficiency initiatives.

MAYOR’S NEW TOP ENERGY AND WATER COUNCILLOR  – Cllr Xanthea Limberg is the new Mayoral Committee member for water, energy, waste and informal settlement issues. She’ll speak about the water crisis, and City’s new Energy Directorate and its proposed programme for the next few years.

NATIONAL POLICY INPUTS NEEDED -The Department of Energy currently have important policies out for comment- the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) and Integrated Energy Plan (IEP) by end March 2017 and the Post-2015 National Energy Efficiency Strategy by end February 2016. These will be discussed.

PROPOSALS TO BROADEN THE 12L TAX INCENTIVE – SANEDI will share their proposals for alternative, cheaper M&V (dubbed ‘M&V Lite’) for the current 12L tax break, which could make it feasible for more commercial buildings.  Give your input before it goes to National Treasury.

UPDATES FROM:

  • City of Cape Town – policy issues, and electricity & water consumption and small-scale embedded generation levels.
  • Earth Hour – annual event on Saturday 25 March this year
  • Greencape – new CEO/CFO briefing tool for energy management and solar PV
  • SANEDI –National energy service company (ESCo) register being established
  • GBCSA– including new Green Star SA Community tool for precinct scale

There is no attendance fee. Light finger lunch will be served.

–          SITE TOUR: Mutual Park – In 2016 Old Mutual’s Mutual Park building in Pinelands won the EE Forum Award in the Large Building Retrofit category. Its annual saving of about 6 470 MWh is due to a comprehensive set of operational and behavioral changes, including rewarding its staff for saving. A new solar PV installation will save them more. Khiyam Fredericks will be your host. Only 20 places available. Email eeforum@capetown.gov.za to register to attend. Preference will be given to owners and managers of buildings.  

To RSVP email eeforum@capetown.gov.za  or call Busiswa Galada on (021) 487-2022.

REGISTER to become an Energy Efficiency Forum member, if you’re not already- subscribe here.

Security update – September

photo-1469510090920-fd33379d1f7cThe WID team consists of 17 staff members working tirelessly to take care of businesses and their staff in Woodstock. The team includes drivers, foot patrollers, security controllers and vehicle patrollers. Please feel free to contact the WID at any time, if you feel unsafe or if you know of anything that has happened so that they can assist.

Our cleaning team is divided into zones so that each area gets the attention it needs to ensure safe and clean streets. During September, a total of 34 loads of rubbish were taken to the dumpsite, four planned clean-up operations took place and a number of damaged phone booths and defective traffic lights were fixed. We do our best to keep up to date with areas that need work, but if we miss something then please don’t hesitate to let us know.

As people start leaving home more often to enjoy summertime in Cape Town, please be aware of the following basic tips when parking on the street:
• Never leave anything in your car where it can be seen, but preferably not at all.
• Always let someone know where you’re going and when they should expect you back.
• Park in a well-lit street or in front of a restaurant/ store so your car is visible.
• Make sure your car alarm works and physically check that your car is locked (to avoid being a victim of remote jamming).

Save our contact details for emergencies or queries, and call us if you have anything to report: info@wid.co.za and 021 462 1205.

Notice Annual General Meeting

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The Woodstock Improvement District NPC (WID) will be hosting its Annual General Meeting (AGM). All stakeholders are invited to a review of the year’s activities, approval of the extension of the SRA term and planning for 2017/18.

Date: 16 November 2016

Time: 17h30

Venue: Ground Floor (next to Capitec Bank, De Waal House, 172 Victoria Road, Woodstock)

Resolutions presented at the AGM can only be voted on by bona fide members of the WID.  This membership is available free of charges to all owners of non-residential property within the WID footprint, but they must be registered before 11 November 2016.

For further information, AGM documentation and how to register go to www.wid.co.za or e-mail admin@wid.co.za or call 021 462 7321 .