Canal Walk taking measures to save water

and prepare for Day Zero

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Date 25 January 2018
Author Tatum Sieni
Contact Name Maggie Rowley
Contact Email info@centurycity.co.za
Contact Telephone +27 21 552 6889

Canal Walk has implemented a number of measures to save water and further measures to significantly reduce their dependence on potable water will be completed by end March.


Measures already taken include:

  • Working with Tenants to reducing demand – this involves ongoing monitoring and

awareness campaigns, including daily reading of meters and tracking of consumptions

to highlight any anomalies that can be immediately addressed.

  • Water to urinals have been turned off, and these are being manually cleaned
  • Flushing times on toilets have been reduced where possible
  • Auto-closing taps and aerators have been installed on taps
  • Only non-potable water (Grey water) is used for irrigation, and watering times have been reduced to the minimum.
  • Wherever possible non-potable water  is being used to wash plant rooms and waste yards

These measures have resulted in the Centre using significantly less water than before. However, given the seriousness of the situation, significant capital expenditure has been approved in order to ensure the Centre will remain fire compliant and that toilets and air conditioning systems will continue to function in the event of water shedding. This spend includes the following:

  • The Installation of storage tanks to provide an adequate buffer supply of potable water in the event that they are not receiving supply from the City.
  • Pumps and other infrastructure linking the Centres fire system to the storage tanks to ensure the building is fire compliant in the event of water shedding.
  • Treatment and reticulation of non-potable (grey water) for use in the building's air conditioning systems
  • Treatment and reticulation of non-potable (grey water) for use in the buildings toilets.
  • Installation of water flow alarms and further meters to allow real time monitoring of consumptions.