Smart water management systems are High-Tec solutions that integrate digital meters, sensors, supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems, and geographic information systems (GIS). This technology can transform conventional water and wastewater systems into instrumented, interconnected, and intelligent systems. Smart water management systems are ideal for producing more resilient and efficient water supply systems. Furthermore, cost savings and sustainability can be greatly improved.
We recently had the pleasure of getting involved in a project that proved to be a great case study for the application of a smart water management system in South Africa.
The Giyani Water Project
The Giyani Water Project, which was launched in 2014 to supply 55 of the rural villages with potable water within the Mopani District Municipality. The project is still incomplete in 2021. Seven years and R3.3 billion later, the Project has not reached the halfway mark as yet. The Project is tainted with allegations of corruption and “a lack of proper planning” according to the Minister of Water and Sewage, Mr. Senzo Mchunu.
Limpopo Premier Stan Mathabatha spoke about the delayed project on the 7th of September 2021 during a stakeholder engagement session. Mr. Mathabatha stated that he is committed to addressing the problems holding back the Giyani Water Project. Thereby ensuring that the project is completed in a timely manner. Residents will therefore hopefully gain access to a potable water supply soon.
Smart Water Management Solutions
Consolidated African Technologies (CAT) is looking forward to celebrating the first drop of running water to those 55 villages for the district and their residents. The great news is that CAT has a smart water management solution available that can assist Mopani District Municipality. This system can manage not only the water for the Giyani Water Project but that of the entire District.
The main goal for Consolidated African Technologies is to assist Municipalities in enriching the lives of our fellow South Africans. CAT will provide correct, accurate, and reliable water consumption readings to Mopani District Municipality’s billing system. We will achieve this by us using our world-class enterprise meter reading solution. This will ensure optimal billing and revenue generation. We reach this goal by using a combination of the following:
- A sound technical approach aligned with Mopani District Municipality’s objectives.
- Experienced management and operational teams.
- A thorough and results-driven contractor management methodology.
- Buy-in and contribution from the community and all stakeholders, and
- A cloud-based, proven, world-class metering management system, RouteMaster
CAT’s products are utilized in more than 60 Local Municipalities, Metro’s, and District Municipalities in South Africa, and have a presence in more than 10 other African Countries.