technology in 2010, the first full-scale pilot came
online in November 2013 and the two organizations
now are considering it for other plants. “It’s a great
example of a pilot project that we’ve brought to
commercial scale,” he says.
THE WATER CYCLE
Once internal efficiencies were achieved in 2010,
Sasol started looking for further opportunities to
mitigate water risk beyond its own fence line.
Although Sasol is one of the largest industrial users
of water from the Vaal River, it draws much less
than urban communities,
which use 42 percent of
the Vaal River system
resource and experience
up to 50 percent water
loss because of aging
assessing the situation,
Sasol realized that solving
the community water loss
issue would help the plant
manage its water risk.
This was the business
case Mr. Ginster’s team
used to support a community improvement project.
In partnership with the
Emfuleni Local Municipality and the Deutsche
Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit,
a German aid group, the project involved upgrading thousands of taps and washers in homes and
schools, installing water meters, developing and
training local plumbing professionals, and educating the community about water conservation.
As a result of the 27-month project, which was
completed in June 2014, 4. 8 million cubic meters
Global water management projects are bolstering
communities—and the bottom line.
THE COCA-COLA CO.
Project: Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN)
Location: Multiple sites across Africa, including: Egypt,
Uganda, Swaziland, South Africa
Purpose: The global beverage company aims to provide at
least 2 million people with safe water by this year and to
fund water projects in every African country.
Project cost: US$30 million
SASOL NEW ENERGY
Project: Boloka Metsi
Location: Emfuleni Local Municipality, South Africa
Purpose: The energy and chemical company upgraded
municipal water infrastructure and is supporting Vaal River
conservation plans as part of a 27-month project. In 2014,
4. 8 million cubic meters of water were saved.
Project cost: ZAR10 million
Project: Monterrey Metropolitan Water Fund (FAMM)
Location: Monterrey, Mexico
Purpose: The Netherlands-based beer company teamed up
with private and public groups in Mexico to help conserve
water in the San Juan River watershed.
Project cost: US$5 million
MERCK & CO. INC.
Project: Safe Water Stations
Location: Andhra Pradesh, India
Purpose: The U.S.-based healthcare company partnered
with the Safe Water Network to contribute additional field
water project sites that provide access to clean water and
limit exposure to waterborne diseases.
Project cost: US$1.5 million
“From a risk-
Heineken N.V., Amsterdam,