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WASTE MANAGEMENT: City's New Treated Effluent Rules


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Treated effluent is increasingly being used as an alternative water source, primarily for municipal (in-service infrastructure and irrigation use), industrial, and agricultural and domestic (irrigation only) use.

The City’s new Treated Effluent By-law, promulgated in July, provides for treated effluent to be used in several applications. This will ensure that the demand for valuable water is decreased, and the considerable potable water savings will benefit all Capetonians.

The By-law affects the owners/consumers who have applied for a supply of treated effluent and signed an agreement with the City of Cape Town. It makes provision for issues relating to the supply of treated effluent, installation requirements, water quality, health and hygiene, the procedure for the approval of plans, and best practices.

There are currently 118 registered treated effluent users in Cape Town and this number is growing as the City continues the roll-out of its treated effluent network.

The owner/consumer is responsible for compliance with this By-law in respect of all or any matters relating to the installation, maintenance and use of treated effluent.

The By-law stipulates the following to protect against health hazards:

·         No irrigation with treated effluent is allowed on crops that may be eaten raw.

·         Sprinkler irrigation is not allowed in areas where the spray can be blown over to other areas where effluent irrigation is prohibited.

·         No athletes or members of the public are allowed on grounds during irrigation or before the effective draining and drying of grounds after irrigation.

·         Excessive irrigation should be avoided to ensure no contamination of surface or underground water.

·         Clearly legible notices in English, Afrikaans, or any other appropriate official languages, must be displayed at every water point where uninformed persons could possibly drink effluent water.

·         Users must install taps, valves, and irrigation sprayers which are designed to ensure that only authorised persons can operate them.

This By-law clarifies issues around the supply and use of treated effluent and clearly defines the roles and responsibilities of the providers and users of treated effluent. Treated effluent will definitely become a more accessible alternate water source as more schemes come online, mainly for industry and irrigation.

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