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EMM pleads with business community to reduce water consumption by 15%

EKURHULENI - Speaking at the City Meets Business endangerment event held at Victoria Hall, Germiston Lake on October 6, the MMC for Water and Sanitation Tiisetso Nketle, asked the City’s top 100 consumers to implement risk management strategies amidst the current drought conditions.

“We appeal to you the business community to play a meaningful role in reducing water consumption demand by 15% in your daily operation by fixing water leaks and exploring alternative sources for water,” Nketle said.

Big businesses who fail to adhere to the 15% reduction will receive a 40% penalty on their average consumption over 12 months, from September 2015 to August 2016 and a 30% penalty will apply for small businesses.

The technical manager at Quality Beverages Mr Brian Ilsley, expressed his gratitude for the city’s efforts to inform customers about the penalties and how they will be applied.

“This platform has revealed how dire these drought conditions are. We will go back to the drawing board and assess how we can implement our own water conservation methods to reduce water consumptions without crippling production as stated by the municipality,” Ilsley said.

The business owners in attendance were also advised on various water sources such as rain water harvesting, grey water recycling and drilling water boreholes.

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