Drakenstein received a royal visit yesterday from a Danish delegation, comprising HRH Crown Prince Frederik and representatives from the Danish government and business sector.
The visit was arranged to show the results of the successful cooperation between Danish companies, government and the municipality in the water services sector.
The municipality has a long-standing commitment to excellence, encompassing every aspect of their service delivery and all water services in the area.
The municipality uses inter alia Danish products, knowledge and technology in their water services and wastewater treatment systems. This has resulted in very successful service delivery and innovative ways of addressing challenges in these sectors. The two best examples of this are the Meulwater water treatment works and a pilot project currently taking place.
In 2014 Drakenstein was selected as part of a pilot project driven by a collaboration between the Danish government, VCS Denmark and the WWF to enhance water quality, the wastewater sector and energy efficiency in these sectors in South Africa. This collaboration has already proven hugely successful for Drakenstein.
The loss of water in the municipality’s system has declined to only 13%, while the national average remains at a staggering 37%. Future projects in Drakenstein will explore energy efficiency and the possibility of generating hydro-electricity for the Municipality.
The Meulwater water treatment works, on Paarl Mountain is an example of best practice, utilising Danish products to create a highly efficient plant. The water treatment works came into being when it became clear that a treatment plant was needed to make sure that the highest water quality was maintained as South African standards for water became stricter. This also reduces having to buy treated water from the City of Cape Town.
“We are looking forward to many more years of collaboration between Drakenstein and Denmark. We are positive that this visit from HRH Crown Prince Frederik and the Danish delegation will open up many more doors of opportunity between us. These types of collaborations have a positive effect on our environment and our residents as we continue to build a place of excellence,” said Mayor Gesie van Deventer.