SERVICES

WATER USE AUTHORIZATIONS, LICENCES AND MANAGEMENT PLANS


What is the right thing to do?

• Take responsibility of your water usage, wastewater management and impact on the environment.

It is more than just adhering to the law.

• It is about making a contribution to sustainability for the future.

Eco-owl handles Applications for Water Use Licences and Authorizations Wastewater Management Plans

 

Legislation

SITUATIONAL ANALYSIS

It is important to understand and to quantify all the components contributing to the wastewater stream as a whole.

If this is done correctly, the right practices can be implemented and the most efficient and cost effective system and equipment can be installed. This will ensure that the treated wastewater will conform to the standard required by the planned beneficial end use.


To achieve this Eco-owl does the following:

• Evaluation of the status quo and design platform of the existing infrastructure.
• Evaluation of the current water and wastewater data.
• Develop a design platform based on the volumes, flows and quality of the wastewater being produced.
• Attention is also given to working procedures and the training of personnel as required.

All this information is collated into a Situational Analysis that can be used as a 'roadmap' for the actions and processes required to comply with legislation and obtain authorizations and licences.

WASTEWATER TREATMENT OPTIONS

Based on the information obtained with the Situational Analysis, different treatment options will be proposed, customized to the specific requirement of each situation. The report will evaluate available and alternative equipment, costs and management inputs required in order to assist the client to make the best possible choices.

WASTEWATER UTILIZATION OPTIONS

The Water Utilization Plan presents options for the utilization of the treated wastewater, conforming to the norms of DWS (Department of Water and Sanitation). In this plan all aspects of concern will be taken into consideration. This includes climatic and environmental constraints, soil conditions, ease of management and legal requirements. Guidelines to the long term sustainable management of the options will also be included in the plan.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS

Sustainability and caring for the environment are becoming more prominent and pertinent as pressure on natural resources continue to increase.

Wastewater management and utilization must therefore be seen in context of the bigger wholes of which it forms a part. This can only be done if Holistic Management Principles are applied in the process of finding the best solution to each client’s unique situation. Eco-owl therefore strives to “look at the bigger picture” and “think out of the box” when solving our clients’ problems.

Eco-owl also assist clients in determining their Carbon and Water Foot prints.

WASTEWATER MONITORING SERVICE

The service comprises of the following:

• Monthly interpretation and report on quality of wastewater based on chemical analyses from the laboratories
• Early warning when the analyses are not within the specified parameters
• Recommendations on actions to be taken when wastewater does not comply with the specifications
• Monthly reminder to take the wastewater sample. Sampling by Eco-owl can be arranged
• Annual site visit during which an independent site audit is conducted. This includes the taking of soil and water samples as required by legislation
• Annual audit ready reports for IPW, FFF and others
• Processing and storage of data on water usage, wastewater volumes, water quality, etc. for identifying and management of problems and trends

WORKING EXAMPLE: HOLISTIC PERSPECTIVE

As part of the Wastewater Management and Utilization Plan for DeWet Wine Cellar, we also made some calculations for their producers. Here are just one of the aspects we looked at, giving us a glimpse of the bigger water picture we are all involved in.

 

DeWet Cellar receives grapes from 28 farmers farming 850ha of vineyards. On average the farmers uses 7000m3 water/ha/yr for irrigation. A 5% saving in the water volume (350m3/ha/yr) for the 850ha equates to 297 500m3/yr.

 

At a water allocation 150liter/day, a person uses 55m3 of water/yr. The 5% saving in water by the DeWet Cellar farmers, can thus supply water for 1 year to 5400 people.

 

There are more advantages for the farmers and the environment as illustrated in the diagram below.