Water Conservation and Water Demand Management (WC/WDM) is a fundamental step in promoting efficient, effective and sustainable use of water resource and it is consistent with the National Water Act (Act 36 of 1998) and in particular the National Water Resources Strategy (Department of Water Affairs, 2013).
In pursuance of the adoption of best practices in Water Conservation and Water Demand Management (WC/WDM), Minerals Council South Africa has developed an Excel spreadsheet-based self-assessment reporting tool to be used by the mines in the reporting and management of the WC/WDM Plans that are developed and implemented as part of water use licence conditions. The tool is aimed at enabling the mines to report their water balances in a standardised format and to enter and manage the water use efficiency targets and WC/WDM Action Plans.
The use of this tool will be demonstrated at a 1-day training workshop that will include training on the following issues relating to WC/WDM in the mining sector:
- Overview of the DWS WC/WDM Benchmarks Report.
- Overview of the DWS WC/WDM Implementation Guideline.
- Overview of the WC/WDM Self-Assessment Reporting Tool (WSART).
- Presentation and discussion of the WSART User Manual.
- Practical application of the WSART using a case study mine and WC/WDM Plan.
Training information pertaining to wetlands can be posted here.
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