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Valerie Naidoo 
 Best Practice and Progress in Wastewater Treatment and Green Drop Compliance

The WRC will host the workshop on “Best Practice and Progress in Wastewater Treatment and Green Drop Compliance” on 28 May 2014 in Nelspruit, Mbombela stadium.

The WRC invites WISA delegates local and district municipalities and metros, consultants who assist WSIs with W2RAPs development and implementation, DWA Green Drop Inspectors and other Government departments (e.g. CoGTA), SALGA, etc) to attend. Municipal officials, consultants who have a vested interest in support and regulatory initiatives that focus on effluent compliance and best practice in applying Green Drop principles are also welcome to attend the workshop.

In June 2011, the first WIN-SA lesson called “Towards Green Drop Achievement in smaller municipalities”, was launched in the water sector and was received with a remarkably positive response from the sector, especially the municipal sector. Mr Helgard Muller (Acting Deputy-Director: Policy and Regulation) attended the workshop and commented “…I hope that the WRC and WIN-SA will proceed with this initiative as the sector need positive reaffirmation where good things are happening”. In response to the sector’s request that more such positive lessons be identified, documented and reported back to the sector, WIN-SA and WRC embarked on a second WIN-SA lesson in the 2012 series. Two municipalities were identified that followed a risk management and risk abatement approach. The lessons focused on: “Towards achieving Green Drop status, using the WRC W2RAP Guideline for municipalities”.

Even more so as with the first lesson, the sector commented positively on the 2nd WIN-SA lesson and its contribution to internal motivation, elevating the status and professionalism of process controllers in municipalities, whilst providing for horizontal sharing of good practice within the municipal wastewater sphere. A third WIN-SA lesson has been forthcoming for the 2013/14 year, which focus on pond systems for wastewater treatment, as well as a case study lesson that shows how 6 municipalities in the Eastern Cape managed to raise their Green Drop scores from 3% to above average.

 Contact: Marlene@watergroup.co.za or sarah-s@iafrica.com

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