10 July 2024 –  Cost-effective Water Use in Industries Workshop

As part of a collaborative programme termed the Strategic Sector Collaboration (SSC), the National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) in partnership with the Department of Water and Sanitation and the Danish Embassy invite you to a workshop to introduce you to new initiatives and tools in the sector. This programme includes the work of the DWS in Water Conservation and Water Demand Management (WC/WDM).

The purpose of the workshop is to engage with industry in the process of developing management measures and practical tools for cost-effective water use in production lines.

The workshop targets water-using industries, particularly management and personnel involved in water management, including (but not limited to) those responsible for compiling and updating water balances for implementation and compliance reporting in water use efficiency.


South Africa is a predominantly semi-arid country with limited water resources. This is further exacerbated by climate change and results in increased water demand to meet the needs of a rapidly growing population and economic growth. DWS has the mandate through the National Water Act (NWA, Act 36 of 1998) to ensure the objective of reconciling water supply and demand.

The National Water Resource Strategy 3 (NWRS-3) outlines the development and implementation of WC/WDM measures as a primary program in support of the Vision 2030 theme. DWS further developed The National Water and Sanitation Masterplan (NWSMP), which puts the National Water Resource Strategy (NWRS-3) into action and comprises a number of interventions with a specific focus on reducing water demand. The WC/WDM Strategies (2023) for different sectors were updated as a fundamental step in promoting water use efficiency, sustainable use and management of water resources in South Africa.

The South African – Danish Strategic Water Sector Cooperation Programme (Danish/DWS & NCPC-SA) has been under implementation since May 2016. The programme is currently in its third and last phase and the work that has been done in the previous two phases now has to be implemented.

Currently through this partnership, the DWS has embarked in the development of the following:

  • Water use metering and monitoring guidelines.
  • Guidelines on the establishment of an industrial water balance and a tool to help companies to calculate their water balance.
  • Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and benchmarks for two agro-processing subsectors: dairies and poultry abattoirs.

These tools assist industry in meeting water conservation targets as part of improving water consumption and therefore business security.  The implementation of the tools will is in line with protocols of the DWS to monitor the achievement of water conservation goals.

Event details:

Date: Wednesday, 10 July 2024
Time: 08:00 – 14:00
Venue / Platform: The Capital Hotel, 194 Bancor Ave, Menlyn, Pretoria

For queries, please contact Lindani Ncwane at lncwane@csir.co.za.

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