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WISA Mine Water Division, Chamber of Mines and Department of Water and Sanitation Capacity Building: Water Conservation and Water Demand Management

19 Jun 2018

South Africa’s water is a scarce, limited and hugely stressed resource, that is coupled to an increasing demand by various sectors such as mining, agriculture, power generation, industry & commercial and domestic. With limited additional water resources to be developed this necessitates the importance of managing the existing resource efficiently through implementation of Water Conservation and Water Demand Management (WC/WDM) initiatives and measures.

WC/WDM is fundamental in promoting efficient, effective and sustainable use of water and is consistent with the National Water Act (Act 36 of 1998) and the National Water Resources Strategy (Department of Water Affairs, 2013).  Consequently, an approach and framework has recently been developed to facilitate the implementation of WC/WDM by the mining sector.  This approach includes commodity-based national water use efficiency benchmarks as well as new reporting protocols that will be used to monitor mine performance with regard to water efficiency. This will become an important part of future water authorisations and future water access with this being dependant on performance. WC/WDM is also to be integrated into the updated regulations and best practice guidelines (BPG).

Who must attend this course, and what’s in it for them?

Water sector professionals, graduate students, junior engineers, mining personnel and consultants with a technical / science / engineering background, but no specialist knowledge in WC/WDM for the mining sector. This would also include newer staff in government, mining and consulting communities whose engineering or science training did not focus on WC/WDM.

By participating, you will improve your understanding of the principles, guidelines and procedures for WC/WDM applicable for the sector, and gain an understanding of water use efficiency (WUE) benchmarks for various mining subsectors and gain insight to how to approach WC/WDM in the mining sector.

Click here to register: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Q22LKCW


Jaco Seaman
011 805 3537


Sibanye Stillwater Academy Central Campus
Libanon Business Park, 1 Hospital Street, Libanon, Westonaria, Gauteng 1780 South Africa + Google Map
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