By Johannes Hangula
IN light of the current water crisis, Namibia Dairies has pledged its commitment to join hands with the City of Windhoek and other role players by ensuring effective measures are in place for the business to save every possible drop of water.
“Even before a water crisis had been declared by the City of Windhoek, we realised that we were facing tough times in terms of water availability and that we should implement some actions to save water in order to ensure job security and sustainable production output at our plant at Avis,” said Namibia Diaries head of technical Pieter van Wyk
Van Wyk continued to say that Namibia Dairies made remarkable strides in saving water usage at its plant and operations. He further said, “We have a savings improvement of 40 percent (4200m³) since the start of our initiatives and this also represents a good improvement on the required City of Windhoek quota. The main indicator on savings however is the ratio of water used per litre product produced. This ratio has improved from 3.51L water to 2.61L water per litre product produced”.
A Water Crisis Committee (WCC) was established at Namibia Diaries to focus on the reduction of water usage, reclamation of usable water and the change in water consumption. Implemented measures and actions include additional flow meters which are monitored and noted on a daily basis; various buffer tanks, pumps and pipes to accumulate and redistribute the water; re-engineering of cleaning processes and programmes; installation of water saving devices throughout the plant and ablution facilities; weekly WCC tracking meetings implemented and constant awareness discussions on all meeting platforms throughout the business. All three Windhoek-based Namibia Dairies operations – Namibia Diaries Avis, Namibia Diaries Prosperita and Windhoek Schlachterei are included in the exercise.
Van Wyk, “We had a very negative outlook on the situation at the beginning of the water crisis in terms of product supply, job stability, future business opportunities, etc. Fortunately we, as a Namibia Dairies team, have become accustomed to face all sorts of challenges and we therefore decided that this will also not hamper our spirit. This was an absolute team effort and all credit goes to the team who really thought out of the box and made things happen as it was identified. Brilliant support and commitment was received from all supporting functions to get alignment on execution of actions.”
Van Wyk emphasised that Namibia Diaries did not have to waive a unit of product or production as a result of the water crisis. “Each and every department and area in the business are still fully operational. Although all initiatives implemented are sustainable and will still be in effect even after the water crisis is something of the past, we are still looking at possibilities to reduce water usage, or use available water more effectively”.
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