Industrial Water Efficiency Project

The Industrial Water Efficiency (IWE) Project was launched in March 2017, and recorded its first actual savings of 89 000 kl, which amounted to R2.2 million in 2017-18. Potential savings identified through water assessments increased by 160% since last financial year.  

 

The IWE Project, in collaboration with the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) and the Danish Ministry for Environment and Food, conducted a review of the current South African policy landscape. Subsequently, a feedback and brainstorming session held in February 2018 involving all collaborating partners served as input to the DWS’s National Water Master Plan. Collaborative efforts also resulted in the IWE Project hosting a skills needs workshop in February 2018.  

 

A review of current global practices around water management standards and practices worldwide was also concluded. The report findings and recommendations will serve as input to develop a standardised approach and methodology as well as relevant water skills training modules. 

 

During 2017/18, seven assessments were completed. A few other assessments were delayed due to the bird flu, as well as the outbreak of listeriosis that affected a number of plants in the food and beverage sector. Three previously assessed plants implemented assessments findings, namely Vineyard Hotel; First National Battery; and Oude Werf Hotel.