04 March 2020
OPEN DAY to celebrate Annual World Water Day 2020
MEDIA RELEASE: OPEN DAY to celebrate Annual World Water Day 2020
Issued for immediate release
George Municipality and The South African Institution of Civil in Engineering (SAICE) Southern Cape Region will be hosting an Open Day on Saturday 21 March 2020 in celebration of World Water Day. This year’s theme is Nature and Climate Change, which explores how water and climate change are inextricably linked and the Open Day will give the public and interested professionals the opportunity to visit and observe the functioning of the water infrastructure in George. Guided tours will be offered at 5 (five) different sites from 09h00 to 13h00 on Saturday 21 March, one every hour and you can find out where your drinking water comes from, how it is made fit for human use and how it is distributed to residents.
Chairperson for SAICE and resident of George, Jan Brink Pr Eng emphasized the role water plays in our daily lives. "Water is our most valuable natural resource. Civil engineers create infrastructure to make clean water available for human consumption in a sustainable manner. The water infrastructure in George is unique because it completes the full water cycle within a small area, in and around the city. For the Civil Engineers of the region, represented by the Institution of Civil Engineering, it is important that the public in general are aware of the value of water and the infrastructure that conveys it. We are proud to present an open day with George Municipality to showcase some of the components of this system on World Water Day to the public."
The locations for the Open Day have been selected as the Garden Route Dam, New Water Treatment Works, Pacaltsdorp Water Tower, Outeniqua Waste Water Treatment Works and the Ultra-Filtration Reuse plant. The public will be able to observe the raised Garden Route Dam wall and have the functioning of the unique spillway explained by the engineers who designed it. At the New Water Treatment Works the operators will explain how the naturally dark mountain water is prepared for human consumption. The water tower and pump station in Pacaltsdorp will give an idea of what it takes to distribute water to all consumers. At the Outeniqua Waste Water Treatment Works we will observe what the water looks like when it leaves the city again. The most unique component of George's water system is perhaps the waste water reuse plant and large pump station that returns cleaned waste water to the dam to complete the water cycle.
Members of the public wishing to participate must arrange their own transport to each site where they will be met by municipal officials and SAICE members with experience of the facility. Guided tours will be undertaken lasting at most 30 minutes and allowing time for questions. Participants are requested to dress comfortably, with closed shoes noting that all visits will be undertaken at own risk. Certain areas of some of the facilities will be demarcated for non-entry and this will be due to safety concerns. Adequate parking is available at each site and please note numbers will be restricted per tour at certain of the sites for safety reasons.
Address Details for Open Day Sites:
- Garden Route Dam
Stander Street at Arthur Bleksley Street intersection
- New Water Treatment Works (maximum of 20 persons per tour)
Eleventh Avenue extension
- Pacaltsdorp Water Tower (maximum of 20 persons per tour)
Cnr Beach Drive and Olympic Drive
- Outeniqua Waste Water Treatment Works (maximum of 20 persons per tour)
Beach Drive via Rosedale access road
- Ultra-Filtration Reuse Plant (maximum of 20 persons per tour)
Beach Drive via Rosedale access road
George Municipality and SAICE encourage the public of George to take advantage of this opportunity to first hand understand where the water in your tap comes from, and the challenges faced in supplying clean drinking water to all in a sustainable manner. Further details will be provided in the run up to the open day and can be found on the municipal website www.george.gov.za and the municipal facebook page. Queries can be sent to email email@example.com
More on SAICE: To advance professional knowledge & improve the practice of civil engineering
In support of SAICE’s mission, SAICE strives:
- to be a learned society for all those associated with civil engineering;
- to enable our members, through consultation and accountability, to provide the community with environmentally and economically sustainable infrastructure;
- to cater for the interests and needs of our members by creating an effective communication channel in a strong, dynamic and stable organisation;
- to provide our members with continuing education in technical, managerial and communication skills;
- to advance and uphold the professional ethics of the civil engineering profession;
- to enhance the recognition of civil engineering as a highly respected profession and a desirable career;
- to encourage our members to strive for excellence in civil engineering.
Last published 04 March 2020