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Awards for George Municipality Water treatment

Jan 24, 2017
Awards for George Municipality Water treatment

Western Cape Process Controllers and their municipalities celebrated their achievements at an Awards Ceremony in Hermanus – Overstrand Municipality.

George Municipality walked away with Cateregory: Best Waste Water Pond System – Winner being the Herolds Bay Waste Water Treatment Works.

To measure this, is to know, that on-site laboratory facilities are imperative to ensure that correct process adjustments and optimization can be implemented. The on-site municipal laboratories were awarded for the state of their facilities including: analysis and analysis equipment, calibration certificates, availability of trained lab personnel, cleanliness, record-keeping and quality assurance.

George Municipality also won the Best Internal Waste Water Laboratory category – Winner being Outeniqua Waste Water Treatment Works.

In addition to winning two categories, Wilderness Water Treatment Works was first runner-up in category: Best Water Treatment Works. Kleinkrantz Wastewater Treatment Works received the first runner-up award in the Best Wastewater Treatment Works.

The recent evening has proved to be quite an amazing and glitzy affair for the attendees of the Awards Ceremony preceding the 7th Process Controller Open Day Workshop in Hermanus, Overstrand Municipality which saw municipalities from across the Western Cape participate.

This was a second instalment of the Water Institute of Southern Africa (WISA) Western Cape Process Controller awards aimed at acknowledging and honouring Process Controllers in both the potable and wastewater disciplines who excelled in the treatment and provision of clean and safe drinking water and the treatment of wastewater to acceptable levels/standards that does not impact the environment negatively in their respective municipalities.

The awards ceremony started off with the official launch of the Process Controller Logo which signifies the importance of water in sustaining life.

The awards ceremony, initiated in 2015 by the Western Cape Process Controller Division, was made possible by the Department of Water and Sanitation who sponsored the ceremony and companies servicing the Water Sector who sponsored the trophies for the 12 award categories. This year an additional two categories were added to afford smaller and larger treatment works and their Process Controllers equal opportunities to contest the awards.

In both instances the companies were quite eager to sponsor the awards and this is a clear indication of their preparedness to assist the Process Controller Division in achieving its objectives. The Department of Water and Sanitation officials were mandated with the task of setting the awards criteria and also the adjudication thereof which provided and protected the integrity of the process.

Process Controllers are unsung and selfless heroes who discharge their duties at Water Treatment and Waste Water Treatment waterworks, in the majority of cases on a shift basis,   to ensure that the processes within their respective Treatment Works are functioning correctly.

The Department of Water and Sanitation as the adjudicator of the awards requested municipalities across the Western Cape to submit nominations for their Water and / or Waste Water Treatment Works as well as their Process Controllers in terms of the categories

The awards evening also provided an opportunity for the Process Controllers themselves to realize the difference they make to the lives of people in the Western Cape.

Caption: From left are Fred Goliath (Senior Manager: Water Treatment), Henry Jansen, Deputy Director: Water and Sanitation, Johan Scheepers (Senior Manager: Water Pollution Control), Geoffrey Bredenkamp (Manager: Laboratory Services with the trophees they received.