The 22nd of March was recently celebrated internationally as World Water Day. To mark this day, the Department of Water and Sanitation, CCBSA and Bloemwater engaged in a media brief to give a state of water affairs in the province. The Department of Water and Sanitation Provincial Head, Dr Tseliso Ntili highlighted that everyone needs clean water in line with the National Development goals by 2030 and as a department are making great strides to achieve this state. “In the domestic sector we have various categories of projects where we have invested R700 million towards infrastructure development and raw bulk water schemes where various municipalities are set to benefit”, he said.
As part of the world’s leading beverage company, CCBA has a responsibility to use water as respectfully and efficiently as possible. CCBSA Manufacturing Manager, Andre Breytenbach noted that the Coca-Cola system world-wide is targeting to use 1.7L of water to produce 1L of product across operations by 2020. “In South Africa, we have already exceeded this target and have set a target of 1.56 litres of water per litre of soft drink produced. We are committed to maintaining this and further improving on our efficiencies in water management.” The delegates after the media briefing went for a tour of the CCBSA water treatment plant onsite and were shown how water saving can be implemented on a large scale setting.
As part of the National Water Week activities from the 18th to 19th of March, CCBSA also participated in the department’s drive in Gariep to fix water leaks, faulty pipes, install taps, washers and toilet cisterns by committing six of its artisans to assist with these repairs. In addition, 10 flow bins were donated which have the same capacity of Jojo tanks to the elderly in the community. Oranje Krag and Norvalpont were the proud recipients of 2 Jojo tanks (5000litre capacity) each which will ensure they have continued water access. Water is a basic need and if all stakeholders can put hands on deck to assist where there is a need, the lack of access in our communities would be greatly reduced.