To ensure that our planning and actions reflect best practice environmental management in the delivery of water, waste water and recycled water services., and are in accordance with ISO 14:0001
SA Water adopts the following environmental principles:
SA Water considers that these environmental principles should also apply to its contractors and suppliers and will progressively seek to embody them in agreements and contracts for all
SA Water works.
The following governance principles apply to SA Water’s environmental management practices and describe SA Water’s environmental commitment:
A state of being connected reciprocally which in sustainability highlights that the aspects of sustainability (environment, society, economy) impact on one another and the impacts themselves interact
Use of processes, practices, techniques, materials, products, services or energy to avoid, reduce or control the creation, emission or discharge of any type of pollutant or waste, in order to reduce adverse environmental impacts (ISO 14001).
Preserving variety of life: the different plants, animals and micro-organisms, their genes and the ecosystems of which they are a part
Treatment residue management
Storage, handling, reuse and disposal, of solid waste from wastewater and water treatment plants or processes
Chemical use and disposal
Delivery, storage, handling, use and disposal of chemicals, including their containers and/or packaging.
Water flows required to maintain all aquatic biota and ensure the health of a river ecosystem.
Greenhouse gas emissions
Gases that trap heat in the atmosphere are often called greenhouse gases and include carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (NO2), and water vapour. The greenhouse gas effect is thought to contribute to global warming and a resulting global temperature rise.
Wastewater discharge & reuse
Disposal of treated wastewater from sewage treatment plants or processes to inland waters, marine waters or land, or recycled for domestic & industrial use, or for irrigation, environmental flows or process water
Careful management of water and water resources to minimise the volume needed for any particular application