There are six categories in the AquaSavvy campaign:
Retrofitting individual dwellings, incorporating water sensitive design at the individual scale. This includes initiatives like rainwater storage tanks or earthen dams, allowing for seepage, planting indigenous drought tolerant plants, etc. Importantly the emphasis is on the big picture, and participants will be encouraged to see how interventions interact, to create a whole more sensitive than the sum of its parts
- Conceptual / New Building
Showcasing stunning new developments that speaks to water sensitive design.
- High density but not home
E.g. Retail, office spaces, hostels… Areas where people work, or even live but do not consider home. In the 2017 drought this category uses 11% of the City’s water supply, but it is a tricky one to improve as few actually feel ownership of this space.
Many water sensitive interventions may have a profound influence at the level of the neighbourhood. While interventions like stormwater harvesting may make most economic sense at a large, city-wide scale, the bureaucracy required creates long timelines, and many of the most sensible WSD interventions simply does not make sense (from an economic or impact perspective) at an individual level. Neighbourhood activation, through friends groups, resident associations, school, church or civic initiatives or public-private partnerships holds potential for truly phenomenal, appropriate interventions. Some examples include sports fields that double as water reservoirs in the rainy season, road re-purposing to be more friendly towards residents, pedestrians and cyclists and blue-green infrastructures.
This category speaks to initiatives that look at keeping rivers flowing across diverse stakeholders. Farming groups managing the available water in a catchment among users responsibly is one possible success story.
(Partner with the Cleaner Production Initiative http://ncpc.co.za/, showcase the low hanging fruits, e.g. SAB, for a start).
Wastewater treatment works are included in this category.
With increasing water insecurity, industry has been innovating to secure water use. The best practises are showcased.
Monitoring: is not its own category. It involves needing to know what we are dealing with in order to improve it, and how to understand the risks associated with using water differently and sourcing it from different places.
“Investigate the use of digital water metering systems to improve water management in real time. Consumers need a ‘dashboard’ such as a digital interface, to monitor daily water use, detect leakages, inform behaviour and improve the billing system. Digital metering will be a challenge to install, but it unlocks potential to establish need businesses and services providers, and ultimately should enable the City to get a better handle on water billing.”