Success Story: Reducing Water Use in the Retail Sector

by | Jun 9, 2020 | News

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SUCCESS STORY: Reducing Water Use in the Retail Sector

The South African cluster GreenCape has been working with the Shoprite Group of Companies to showcase examples of alternative and reduced water use in their respective business sectors.


Adapting to Water Scarcity Challenges

The Shoprite Group of Companies (Shoprite) is a major retailer operating throughout the African continent. In response to the unprecedented Western Cape drought, Shoprite developed a water crisis plan in order to maintain operations under water-scarce conditions.

Water Harvesting, Treatment and Management Efficiency

Implemented in July 2018, their water crisis plan was built on a circular model; harvesting waste-water through specific infrastructures and then treating it so it can be reused. This resulted in reduced water use intensity (l/m2) by 8.7% between July 2018 – June 2019 (see table above).


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