Coast KZN

30 Mar 2017

Saving every drop at Sembcorp

Erica Abrahams (North Coast Courier) Picture: Touring the Frasers water recycling plant, Gourish Chakravorty, Ashley Starkey, Shabeer Moosa and Sembcorp Siza Water managing director Shyam Misra.


According to the report more than 80 per cent of waste water is released back into the environment without proper treatment

National and international delegates were delighted and surprised when they were offered a bottle of recycled final effluent water to drink at Sembcorp Siza Water’s Frasers plant last Friday.

In light of the 2017 World Water Day summit held from March 22-24, Sembcorp Siza Water invited delegates who attended the summit to tour the Frasers water recycling plant opposite Zimbali.

A 2017 UN world water development report that was launched at the summit focused on the plight of those who lack water and sanitation worldwide and encouraged countries to re-use water.

According to the report more than 80 per cent of waste water is released back into the environment without proper treatment, polluting rivers and depriving communities of access to treated water.

Water and Sanitation director general, Ashley Starkey said Sembcorp Siza Water’s initiative to recycle waste water during the drought saved the Hazelmere Dam from failing.

“Waste water was an untapped resource that Sembcorp Siza Water tapped into. We in South Africa have a plan for water.”
The water recycling plant at Sembcorp Siza Water’s Frasers plant uses the same technology as the award winning Singapore Changi NEWater plant to augment the Ballito area’s drinking water supply by three million litres per day and today supplies a quarter of the area’s 12 million litres per day demand.

Sembcorp Siza Water’s managing director Shyam Misra said before water recycling, 40 per cent of water was not reclaimed.

“We needed to find a solution to supply the rapidly growing town of Ballito. We looked at alternatives but found that water recycling was the best solution. It was important to be innovative during the drought so that the water supply was not a hindering factor to the growth in the area and that investors and tourists would have confidence in local service providers to make KwaDukuza and especially the Ballito area their destination of choice.”