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United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development


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Private sector

    #SurplusWater2025’s mission is to continue building a community of individuals and companies, committed to reducing our water footprint by 20-25%, to achieve Surplus Water. Water is in trouble. We believe that if we work together, focus on efficient use and raise awareness, surplus water is possible in South Africa.

    We do this by:

    • Promoting Public Water Awareness and sharing
    • Educational Content Showcasing
    • Partners in Water Conservation
    • Efficient Use and Sustainable Solutions
    • Encouraging Partnerships and Celebrating Results (All Stakeholders)

    Valuing Water, understanding the challenges and acting accordingly, requires a significant mindset change, supported by technical solutions.

    #SurplusWater2025 welcomes partners who are:

    1. Committed to Water and pledge to take action
    2. Actively work towards a 20-25%+ reduction in water footprint of ALL water-users
    3. Make use of or provide sustainable supplementary solutions

    The power to ONLY use the water you need, is in everyone's hands. This is the one thing, each of us can do immediately and that has an immediate effect. The quickest, easiest, and most cost-effective way to make an impact, is to focus on demand. If we can reduce demand, together, we can reduce our supply deficit.

    Expected Impact

    With the 30+ private sector contributing partners currently participating, the combined water savings has resulted in more than 3 million litres PER DAY... and counting.

    Current Achievements:

    • Partners focussing on monitoring, awareness and efficiency alone, consistently result in an average of 20%+ reduction in demand.
    • Partners who combine efficiency with sustainable alternative water solutions, are reporting an average in excess of 40% and in some cases up to 80% reduction in water demand.

    Water efficiency is not a once-off action to lower consumption, it is critically important to KEEP consumption down. The key is continuous monitoring and acting accordingly.

    Reducing demand not only protect the source of water, but also reduce the 'generation of waste'/effluent water. Efficient use is the very first step.

    #SurplusWater2025's Water Action is aiming for at least 20% of high water consumers to simply use water efficiently and reduce their demand by 25% or more, to reach the tipping point and achieve Surplus Water.

    Just imagine the impact on the water network, on alternative water sources and on the natural water cycle if ALL water users commit to achieve these results.


    The #SurplusWater2025 movement is a growing community of dedicated companies and individuals committed to a 20-25%+ reduction in water demand. The combined efforts of contributing partners has resulted in a 2.4+ billion litres water saved, and counting. Partners:

    • ADvTECH Group
    • AQUAffection
    • ATTACQ
    • Atterbury
    • Broll
    • Dutton Plastics Engineering
    • Emira Property Fund
    • Fortress
    • Foundation for Professional Development
    • Hallcore Water 
    • Pretoria Boys High School
    • SBS Tanks
    • St. Peter's College
    • Vodacom Bulls
    • WRP Consulting Engineers
    • Safari Investments

    Goal 6

    Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

    Goal 6


    By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all


    Proportion of population using safely managed drinking water services


    By 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations


    Proportion of population using (a) safely managed sanitation services and (b) a hand-washing facility with soap and water


    By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally


    Proportion of domestic and industrial wastewater flows safely treated


    Proportion of bodies of water with good ambient water quality


    By 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity

    Change in water-use efficiency over time


    Level of water stress: freshwater withdrawal as a proportion of available freshwater resources


    By 2030, implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate


    Degree of integrated water resources management 


    Proportion of transboundary basin area with an operational arrangement for water cooperation


    By 2020, protect and restore water-related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes

    Change in the extent of water-related ecosystems over time


    By 2030, expand international cooperation and capacity-building support to developing countries in water- and sanitation-related activities and programmes, including water harvesting, desalination, water efficiency, wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse technologies

    Amount of water- and sanitation-related official development assistance that is part of a government-coordinated spending plan


    Support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management


    Proportion of local administrative units with established and operational policies and procedures for participation of local communities in water and sanitation management

    Goal 12

    Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

    Goal 12


    Implement the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns, all countries taking action, with developed countries taking the lead, taking into account the development and capabilities of developing countries


    Number of countries developing, adopting or implementing policy instruments aimed at supporting the shift to sustainable consumption and production


    By 2030, achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources


    Material footprint, material footprint per capita, and material footprint per GDP


    Domestic material consumption, domestic material consumption per capita, and domestic material consumption per GDP


    By 2030, halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reduce food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses


    (a) Food loss index and (b) food waste index


    By 2020, achieve the environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle, in accordance with agreed international frameworks, and significantly reduce their release to air, water and soil in order to minimize their adverse impacts on human health and the environment

    Number of parties to international multilateral environmental agreements on hazardous waste, and other chemicals that meet their commitments and obligations in transmitting information as required by each relevant agreement

    (a) Hazardous waste generated per capita; and (b) proportion of hazardous waste treated, by type of treatment


    By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse


    National recycling rate, tons of material recycled


    Encourage companies, especially large and transnational companies, to adopt sustainable practices and to integrate sustainability information into their reporting cycle

    Number of companies publishing sustainability reports


    Promote public procurement practices that are sustainable, in accordance with national policies and priorities


    Number of countries implementing sustainable public procurement policies and action plans


    By 2030, ensure that people everywhere have the relevant information and awareness for sustainable development and lifestyles in harmony with nature


    Extent to which (i) global citizenship education and (ii) education for sustainable development are mainstreamed in (a) national education policies; (b) curricula; (c) teacher education; and (d) student assessment


    Support developing countries to strengthen their scientific and technological capacity to move towards more sustainable patterns of consumption and production


    Installed renewable energy-generating capacity in developing countries (in watts per capita)


    Develop and implement tools to monitor sustainable development impacts for sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products


    Implementation of standard accounting tools to monitor the economic and environmental aspects of tourism sustainability


    Rationalize inefficient fossil-fuel subsidies that encourage wasteful consumption by removing market distortions, in accordance with national circumstances, including by restructuring taxation and phasing out those harmful subsidies, where they exist, to reflect their environmental impacts, taking fully into account the specific needs and conditions of developing countries and minimizing the possible adverse impacts on their development in a manner that protects the poor and the affected communities


    Amount of fossil-fuel subsidies (production and consumption) per unit of GDP

    Name Description

    20% high consuming water users joining/committing

    20-25% reduction in demand reported by every partner. Committed to actively and sustainably manage a smaller Water footprint

    Starting local, aiming global

    Surplus water in South Africa

    Staff / Technical expertise
    Content development, partner liaison and marketing
    Financing (in USD)
    Every partner commit to monitoring & awareness ($2000/site)
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    Action Network
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    01 January 2017 (start date)
    31 December 2030 (date of completion)
    1. Africa
    Geographical coverage
    South Africa
    Other beneficiaries
    • Education Sector
    • Construction & Development Industry
    • Public Sector (Demand Management)
    • Retail, Commercial & Industrial Properties
    • Health Sector
    • Local Communities
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    South Africa
    South Africa
    Contact Information

    Gert, Managing Director