Expanding infrastructure to channel bulk water from the national water carrier and distribute it to Water Service Authorities (WSAs), Water Service Institutions (WSIs), mines, businesses and other industries Magalies Water boasts a continuously improving capability.
This includes pipelines, water treatment plants, reservoirs, pumping stations, reticulation systems as well as a South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) accredited laboratory that is authorised and certified to analyse and rate the quality of water.
Our secondary services (Section 30), or other water services, are all aimed at helping to capacitate WSAs and WSIs to supply water to their clients typically comprise of households, communities, businesses and industries. Magalies Water proactively seeks to comply with the ISO 14001 certification requirements to ensure that our impact on the environment is considered – in every area of our operations.
Magalies Water eliminates all practices that have an adverse effect on the environment. All our operational sites are ISO 14001 certified and to date – we’ve managed to maintain our ISO 14001 certification at all our water treatment plants (WTPs).
The ISO 14001 certification of the Vaalkop WTP has been intact since its inception on 5 November 2004. The certification of the Klipdrift, Wallmansthal and Cullinan WTPs has been intact since 3 February 2010.
It is an operational imperative to subject ourselves to the necessary environmental audits every year. Any non-conformities are addressed immediately – to ensure continuous compliance and re-certification.
Magalies Water operates in an area of 42 000 km2 across three provinces being North West, Limpopo and Gauteng and two major catchments being the Crocodile and the Pienaars rivers.
THE QUALITY OF OUR WATER
The quality of our water is an element that Magalies Water takes immense pride in and we are pleased to state that we comply and exceed the minimum requirements of SANS 241:2011 standards. In simple terms, this means that our water is of a higher quality than what the industry norm is; that it does not pose any health risks and its safe for drinking.
THE WATER SERVICES AUTHORITY (WSA)/ MUNICIPALITIES WE SERVE
A Water Services Authority (WSA) is any municipality that has the executive authority to provide water services within its area of jurisdiction. Magalies Water directly supplies water to the following WSAs in the Gauteng, North West and Limpopo region:
- Moses Kotane Local Municipality – North West
- Rustenburg Local Municipality – North West
- Thabazimbi Local Municipality – Limpopo
- Bela-Bela Local Municipality – Limpopo
- Modimolle Local Municipality – Limpopo
- City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality – Gauteng
OUR WATER TREATMENT PLANTS
In terms of the legislation the minister is the custodian of water resources in the country. Magalies Water abstracts water from the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) dams. From DWS’ dams, the water is channelled to water treatment plants (WTPs) where it is treated before we channel it to WSAs and other clients. Currently, we have four WTPs, namely Vaalkop, Klipdrift, Wallmansthal and Cullinan.
THE MINES WE SERVE
Magalies Water also supplies bulk water to the following mines:
- Bafokeng Rasimone Platinum Mine – North West
- Bakubung Minerals – North West
- Cullinan Diamond Mine – Gauteng
- Impala Platinum Mine – North West
- Northam Platinum Limited – Limpopo
- Pilanesburg Platinum Mines – North West
- Rhino Andalusite Mine – Limpopo
- SA Ferrochrome (Pty) Ltd – Limpopo
- Union Section Joint Venture – Limpopo
- Royal Bafokeng Administration – North West
HOW MUCH WATER WE CAN SUPPLY?
An average household uses 250 litres of water per day. Magalies Water currently has the infrastructure and capacity to supply 314 megalitres or 314 million litres of water per day. Hypothetically, if water was to be used for domestic purposes alone, we could directly supply more than 1, 2 million homes.