Certification

BLUE DROP CERTIFICATION

CRITERIA FOR AWARDING BLUE DROP (DRINKING WATER) STATUS:

Water Services Authorities that are to be awarded Blue Drop status are required to comply with 95% the weighted criteria in the biannual assessment (see Table 1). Evaluation will be per drinking water services system (from catchment to consumer) and will be aggregated for each Water Services Authority. Increasingly comprehensive and stringent criteria (from year 1 to year 3 and ongoing) are applied to facilitate an incremental and continuous improvement approach to drinking water management practices.

The Water Services Authority responsible for the provision of water is required to ensure that the following criteria are met in each drinking water services system:

1. Water Safety and Security Plans: Comprehensive, preventative drinking water quality management must be practiced according to a Water Safety and Security Plan for the drinking water supply system. The Water Safety and Security Plan must be reviewed at least every 3 years.

2. Process Controllers: The water works and Process Controllers are required to be registered according to the relevant legislation (Revised Regulation 17 of the Water Services Act (No. 108 of 1997) / Regulation 2834 under the Water Act of 1956; 1985 Requirements) and the Process Controllers must be licensed according to the Class of water treatment works. The water treatment works must have a site-specific Operator’s Manual to guide Process Controllers.

3. Drinking Water Quality Monitoring: A suitable monitoring programme, in accordance with the requirements of the latest version of SANS 241 Drinking Water, is required to be implemented to sample the quality of potable water supplied to citizens in their drinking water services system -

  •   This monitoring programme, and any amendments, must be registered with, and approved by, the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry;
  •   This monitoring programme must be representative of a minimum of 80% of the population served in the town and/or the volume of water supplied;
  •   Samples must be taken and analysed according to the monitoring programme;
  •   Both operational and compliance monitoring are required to be undertaken.

4. Drinking Water Sample Analysis: The samples are required to be analysed in laboratories which are either ISO/IEC 17025: 2005 accredited or are DWAF-approved per method of analysis as defined in the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry Drinking Water Quality Laboratory Strategy.

5. Submission of Drinking Water Quality Results: All results from the monitoring programme must be submitted to the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry at a monthly frequency, or on request from the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry.

6. Drinking Water Quality Compliance: The results of the water quality monitoring programme must comply with the requirements of the latest version of SANS 241: Drinking Water. The water supplied in the drinking water services system must be classified as EXCELLENT according to the latest version of SANS 241.

7. Management of Drinking Water Quality Failures:

(a) An Incident Management Protocol must exist to guide the Water Services Authority’s response to resolution and communication of drinking water quality failures (failures as defined according to the latest version of SANS 241: Drinking Water) 

(b) This protocol must ensure that the Water Services Authority:

Informs the Director-General of the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry and the head of the relevant Provincial Department of Health within 24 hours of result confirmation.

  Informs its consumers –

(a) that the quality of the water that it supplies poses a health risk;

(b) of the reasons for the health risk;

(c) of any precautions to be taken by the consumers; and

(d) of the time frame within which it may be expected that water of a safe quality will be provided.

8. Publication of Drinking Water Quality Performance: Drinking water quality performance must be reported against the latest version of SANS 241 Drinking Water and published at an annual frequency in suitable media accessible to relevant stakeholders.

9. Drinking Water Asset Management: Water treatment processes and infrastructure are required to be managed to ensure the production of safe drinking water for the protection of public health, including –

  •   a process audit of the water works every year;
  •   an Asset Management inspection of the drinking water supply system by an Approved Professional Person every 5 years;
  •   an assessment of the water treatment works design and operating capacity;
  •   use of drinking water treatment chemicals registered with the Department of Health/Department of Water Affairs and Forestry.

Table 1: Weighting of required Drinking Water criteria

Criterion

Allocated Weight (%)*

 

YEAR 1

YEAR 2

YEAR 3+

1

Water Safety and Security Plan

0

5

10

2

Process Controllers

10

10

10

3

Drinking Water Quality Monitoring Programme

20

15

10

4

Drinking Water Quality Sample Analysis

10

5

5

5

Submission of Drinking Water Quality Results

10

5

5

6

Drinking Water Quality Compliance

30

30

30

7

Management of Drinking Water Quality Failures

20

15

15

8

Publication of Drinking Water Quality Performance

0

5

5

9

Drinking Water Asset Management

0

10

10

 

100

100

100

               

 
























GREEN DROP CERTIFICATION

CRITERIA FOR AWARDING GREEN DROP (WASTEWATER) STATUS:

Water Services Authorities that are to be awarded GREEN DROP status are required to comply with 90% the weighted criteria in a biannual assessment (see Table 2). Evaluation will be per wastewater services system (including collection, treatment and discharge) and aggregated for each Water Services Authority. Increasingly comprehensive and stringent criteria (from year 1 to year 3 and ongoing) are applied to facilitate an incremental and continuous improvement approach to wastewater management practices.

The Water Services Authority responsible for the collection, treatment and discharge of wastewater is required to ensure that the following criteria are met in each wastewater services system:

1. Process Controllers: The wastewater treatment works (WWTW) and Process Controllers are required to be registered according to the relevant legislation Revised Regulation 17 of the Water Services Act (No. 108 of 1997) / Regulation 2834 under the Water Act of 1956; 1985 Requirements) and the Process Controllers must be licensed according to the Class of wastewater treatment works. The wastewater treatment works must have a site-specific Operator’s Manual to guide Process Controllers.

2. Wastewater Quality Monitoring: A suitable wastewater monitoring programme, in accordance with the requirements of the General Authorisation or the site-specific permit/license, must be implemented. This monitoring programme should take account of the entire wastewater treatment process and should include trade effluent, influent, wastewater treatment process, discharged effluent, sludge/biosolids, groundwater, soils, and rivers up- and downstream of the discharge. This monitoring programme, and any amendments, must be registered with, and approved by, the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry. Samples must be taken and analysed according to the monitoring programme, and this information must inform and result in the required process changes.

3. Wastewater Sample Analysis: The samples are required to be analysed in laboratories which are either ISO/IEC 17025: 2005 accredited or are DWAF-approved per method of analysis as defined in the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry Drinking Water Quality Laboratory Strategy.

4. Submission of Wastewater Quality Results: All results from the monitoring programme must be submitted to the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry at a monthly frequency, or on request from the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry.

5. Wastewater Quality Compliance: A minimum of 95% of the results of the wastewater quality monitoring programme must comply with the requirements of the General Authorisation or the site-specific permit/license (including exemptions, General or Special Standard as specified).

6. Management of Wastewater Quality Failures:

(a) An Incident Management Protocol is required to guide the Water Services Authority’s response to wastewater quality failures. A wastewater quality failure is defined as any exceedance of or deviation from the General Authorisation requirements (General or Special Limits) or of the site-specific permit/license requirements (Exemptions, General or Special Standard limits as specified).

(b) This protocol must ensure that the Water Services Authority informs the Regional Office of the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry within 3 days of confirmed wastewater failures.

7. Stormwater Management: The Water Services Authority must ensure that a Stormwater Management Plan is in place and implemented to limit stormwater infiltration to wastewater reticulation systems.

8. Bylaws: Municipal Water Services Bylaws are required to be updated every 5 years and enforced. The bylaws must include information on pertinent wastewater issues such as trade effluent standards, tariffs, package plants, approval of decentralized systems, vacuum tank discharges and spillages to the environment, amongst others.

9. Wastewater Treatment Works Capacity: The Water Services Authority must, at any time, be able to produce a planning account that represents the design (flow and organic) capacity and actual receiving flows at the wastewater treatment works. The planning account must reflect medium-long term planning and financial requirements to ensure sufficient capacity at the wastewater treatment works. The Water Services Authority must, at all times, be able to produce necessary documentation to verify that all residential and industrial developments have been approved subject to available wastewater treatment works capacity.

10. Publication of Wastewater Quality Performance: Wastewater quality performance must be reported, in accordance with the requirements of the General Authorisation or the site-specific permit/license, and published at an annual frequency in suitable media accessible to relevant stakeholders.

11. Wastewater Asset Management: The management of wastewater treatment processes and infrastructure is required to ensure the discharge of compliant effluent for the protection of water resources and the environment, including

  •   A process audit of the wastewater treatment works every year;
  •   A detailed inventory of assets related to wastewater reticulation and treatment;
  •  An Asset Management inspection of the wastewater works by an Approved Professional     Person every 5 years, as part of the Comprehensive Infrastructure Plan (CIP).

Table 2: Weighting of required wastewater criteria

Criterion

Allocated Weight (%)*

                                            YEAR 1

YEAR 2

YEAR 3+

1

Process Controllers

10

10

10

2

Wastewater Quality Monitoring Programme

10

10

10

3

Wastewater Quality Sample Analysis

10

5

5

4

Submission of Wastewater Quality Results

10

10

10

5

Wastewater Quality Compliance

35

30

25

6

Management of Wastewater Quality Failures

20

10

10

7

Stormwater Management

0

0

5

8

Bylaws

0

5

5

9

Wastewater Treatment Works Capacity

5

5

5

10

Publication of Wastewater Quality Performance

0

5

5

11

Wastewater Asset Management

0

10

10

                                            100

100

100

               
































*Weights per criterion are subject to change

The scoring of the weighted criteria will be as follows: 

 0 if the criterion has not been met;

 1 for partial fulfillment of the criterion, and

 2 for full compliance with the requirements of the criterion.


MAGALIES WATER AWARD
 

—        All WSA’s/WSP’s  are required to participate in this certification process

—        WSA’s must maintain these high standards or run the risk of losing their certification

—        WSA’s must work with their WSP’s to ensure compliance to the set standards

—        City of Tshwane was awarded Blue Drop status  by DWAE at the recent WISA Conference- 2009

—        Magalies Water also received this award as a Water Service Provider to CoT