Water & Sanitation


MMC for Water, Sanitation and Energy Cllr Senzi Sibeko with Vinod ChhabraIndustries must adhere to special requirements for effluent discharge by having adequate facilities for effluent management such as effluent plants, tanks, catch-pits and separators. 

This was the message shared to the business sector present at the City Meets Business engagement held on Friday, 24 June, at Victoria Hall in Germiston.

During the keynote address the MMC for Water, Sanitation and Energy Cllr Senzi Sibeko said, “Wastewater is a major cause of pollution. Thus, treatment is a very important process because without water treatment plants we would not have the capacity to get clean water for households and industries that are dependent on water for their business.”

Industry leaders were advised to look into pretreatment plans before discarding their effluent water to avoid penalties. This can be done by obtaining a permit granting industries permission to discharge industrial effluent.

The MMC further stated that the City Meets Business engagement is one of the city’s platforms to create access for the business sector to create a partnership that seeks to address challenges faced by effluent treatment industries.

Thus, industries are encouraged to contact the city’s officials who conduct inspections of premises and effluent treatment processes. Doing so will assist companies to avoid penalties and will be guided on how to comply with the city’s by-laws.

Companies whose permits have expired or need to apply for new permits can call the water quality managers: