SAB to monitor spring as water demand spikes

South African Breweries will invest in extra infrastructure to accommodate the growing number of people collecting water from its Newlands spring. Picture: Tracey Adams

The South African Breweries (SAB) is investing in additional infrastructure to monitor the spring located on the facility, after receiving several reports of the spring being abused for commercial purposes.

SAB released a statement saying that the drought had led to an increased number of people collecting water from the spring and that people taking more water than was allowed had forced SAB to take measures to protect the spring which is governed by the National Water Act of 1998.

“After a review of peak periods, SAB has installed CCTV cameras for security.

The company has created an “express tap” to allow for faster collection, and installed a high mast light for security at night.

“This water source is not meant for commercial use by companies such as car washes, bed and breakfasts, restaurants and factories.

“So anyone found to be collecting water for commercial use will be asked to produce a water use authorisation from the National Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) that allows collection from the Newlands Spring,” said general manager at Newlands Brewery, John Stenslunde.

Mr Stenslunde said those caught using the facility for commercial purposes without the necessary authorisation, would be reported to the water and sanitation department.

“We are urging members of the public not to abuse this source of free water and limit themselves to the maximum allowable limit of 25 litres a day. We need to work together to allow this privilege to be enjoyed by all in the surrounding communities,”said Mr Stenslunde.