eThekwini Water & Sanitation
eThekwini Water & Sanitation (EWS) is the local water
utility responsible for the distribution of drinking water
and the collection and treatment of wastewater in the
greater Durban area, which is the third largest municipality
in South-Africa. EWS is a dedicated unit within the local
municipal government that services a population of
approximately 3.5 million people.
The Transition Facility is a co-operation between the
Dutch ministries of Foreign Affairs and Economic Affairs,
Agriculture and Innovation. In this co-operation existing
budget is used to transform traditional aid relationships
into mutual beneficial trade relationships. The Transition
Facility focuses its efforts on water and sanitation, energy,
agriculture, trade and transport.
Vitens-Evides International is a Dutch company that
deploys its experts from Vitens NV and Evides Water
Company to assist local water companies in primarily
developing countries. Through tailor-made partnerships
with local water utilities, Vitens-Evides International works
on the development of the water company to ensure
sustainable growth. Vitens-Evides International is powered
by the two largest water companies of the Netherlands,
Vitens and Evides Water Company. Together they serve
almost half of the Dutch population.
Waternet is the public water utility in Amsterdam and
surroundings with the responsibility over drinking water
supply, sewerage, groundwater control, surface water
quality, wastewater treatment and water quantity control.
This makes Waternet the first public water utility in the
Netherlands working on the total, integrated water cycle.
World Waternet establishes long lasting Water Operators’
Partnerships with local water utilities around the world to
improve their performance.
Wateropleidingen is a Dutch training institute for
water management. Wateropleidingen promotes and
organizes ‘on the job’ training and courses for water
professionals. The courses are unique and well known
for their quality, technical knowledge and up to date
knowledge, combined with practical experience.
Wateropleidingen works according to the unique World
Water Academy concept: training for professionals by
Your Man on Site
Your Man on Site (YMoS) offers business development on
location in Europe and Southern Africa. YMoS develops
and manages concepts and projects. YMoS operates as
a pro-active partner and supports entrepreneurship,
from start up to implementation, for client’s concepts
and projects, with the highest integrity and objectivity.
YMoS operates as your representation on site.
Contact the Centre of Expertise
Centre of Expertise
P.O. Box 1038 , Durban 4000 , South Africa
Remember to visit our website at www.coe.org.za
The Centre of Expertise wants to improve the
South-African water supply and sanitation sector by
introducing Dutch knowledge and technology.
The Centre of Expertise is hosted in Durban by eThekwini
Water & Sanitation (EWS) and will introduce innovations
and best practices in the South-African water and
sanitation sector. The Centre of Expertise is funded by the
Dutch government through the Transition Facility. The
Dutch are internationally renowned for their knowledge
and expertise in the areas of, amongst others, water
technology, water treatment and the installation and
management of water and sanitation infrastructure.
The Centre of Expertise is an initiative by EWS and
various Dutch partners. Under the general framework a
series of pilot projects will be executed to showcase the
implementation of new technologies and knowledge at
EWS. For these individual pilot projects contribution and
support from various partners will be combined.
The Centre of Expertise is an umbrella, under which
numerous projects will be carried out. EWS and the
Dutch partners are aiming to establish a long-lasting
co-operation. The partnership program proposes a 4
year program that will act as a general framework for
the individual activities, projects and pilots within the
Centre of Expertise. Four pilot projects above have been
identified and executed, but many more ideas are waiting
to be transformed into pilot projects in the near future.
The Centre of Expertise aims to match the South African
water knowledge and technology needs with the Dutch
water knowledge and innovations. Targets for the Centre
of Expertise are to improve the performance of Southern
African peer utilities and assist them in implementing
these innovations, best practices and technologies. A yearby-year
list of selected projects and pilots will be used to
maintain focus and allow for varying partnerships and
The initial focus is on:
reduction of non-revenue water (NRW),
increasing the value of investments by asset
improving sanitation and exploring the possibilities of
reducing energy consumption and implementing
renewable energy projects.
The Centre of Expertise works on a case-by-case basis with
individual pilot projects. It started with four showcases in
Trenchless Pilot Program
The ‘Trenchless Pilot Program’, funded by the Embassy
of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, was successfully
carried out within EWS under guidance of Your Man on
Site (YMoS), over the last two years. With the assistance
of program partners and BAM Nelis Infra, the program
has tested different trenchless technologies under local
circumstances, addressing cost effectiveness, knowledge
transfer, capacity building and feasibility. The program was
tailored to the needs of EWS within the asbestos cement
(AC) water mains replacement program and focused on
‘Close Fit’ rehabilitation technologies.
A carbon footprint assessment enables a company to
determine its status quo and implement a successful
carbon reduction program. A regular calculation of the
carbon footprint allows for monitoring of the effects of the
program. It is the intent of EWS to adopt best practices in
carbon footprint assessments and reduction programs
within the Southern African context. The methodologies
and experiences developed by Vitens-Evides International
in conjunction EWS can be used by peer utilities for their
The comparative study for the use of PVC and HDPE
Water distribution pipe networks should last for many
decades and thus it is essential to base any replacement
strategy on a life cycle basis, rather than possible shortterm
benefits, such as the pipe’s initial cost. EWS therefore
commissioned a comparative investigation into the
advantages and disadvantages of using different pipe
materials as part of the quest to reach the optimum life
cycle cost. SSI Engineers are currently drafting the final
report for EWS.
Course waste water treatment
EWS needs well trained staff (both knowledge and
skills) to improve the operating and maintenance
of the treatments plants. In this showcase a module
‘basics of waste water treatment’ for operators grade
10/12 will be designed, developed and delivered
according to the ISO 9001 certified procedures of
‘Wateropleidingen’. Water professionals from EWS
and Waternet will take part in the customizing of
the module. Professionals of EWS will be trained to
become trainers for this module and in the future the
module will be delivered to the operators of EWS by
the trainers/professionals of EWS.